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Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program

The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program promotes business opportunities for firms owned by minority, women and other disadvantaged individuals that are certified as DBEs through the the Massachusetts Unified Certification Program (MassUCP). The DBE Program is designed to promote a more diverse pool of bidders on MBTA contracts.

About the DBE Program

The MBTA’s DBE Program was established in accordance with 49 Code of Federal Regulation Part 26 and is a requirement of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) as a condition of receiving federal assistance.

Download the MBTA’s DBE Policy Statement
Signed by General Manager Luis Ramirez on September 22, 2017

Learn more about MBTA's DBE goal for fiscal years 2018-2020

How It Works

The development, implementation, monitoring, and enforcement of the DBE Program is managed by the Government Compliance Unit of the MBTA’s Office of Diversity and Civil Rights (ODCR). In partnership with the MBTA’s procurement departments, ODCR identifies business opportunities for certified DBEs.

Once certified and registered as a DBE with the MBTA, businesses benefit from:

  • Being listed in the MassUCP/SDO Directory of Certified Businesses
  • Opportunities to partner with MBTA contractors and vendors on federally funded contracts, and the opportunity to be a prime vendor on contracts
  • Invitations to business forums and networking events

Applying for DBE certification is free. After MassUCP receives your completed application, they will schedule a site visit. Certification decisions are made 30 – 60 days after both of those steps are completed.

After you are certified, you can create a company profile to be notified of bidding opportunities with the MBTA that match your organization’s industry or service.


Questions about DBE certification:

Phone: 857-368-8656
10 Park Plaza
State Transportation Building, Suite 2600-B
Boston, MA 02116

Questions about the MBTA's DBE Program:

Office of Diversity and Civil Rights
Phone: 857-368-8580