The MBTA strives for diversity in everything we do, from serving riders to contracting with third-party vendors for services. The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program is designed to promote a more diverse pool of bidders on MBTA contracts.
About the DBE Program
DBEs are certified businesses owned by women, people of color, and members of other disadvantaged groups. The Massachusetts Unified Certification Program (MassUCP), part of MassDOT, issues certifications. Once certified and registered as a DBE with the MBTA, organizations benefit from:
- Being listed in the MassUCP/SDO Directory of Certified Businesses
- Opportunities to partner with MBTA contractors, vendors, and bidders on federal contracts
- Invitations to business forums and networking events
Learn about the MBTA's DBE goal for fiscal years 2018–2020 and how to submit comments and questions about the goal.
Download the most recent DBE Administration Policy, which was signed by General Manager Luis Manuel Ramírez on September 22, 2017.
How It Works
The MBTA's Office of Diversity and Civil Rights (ODCR) manages the DBE Program at the T and works with its procurement departments to identify opportunities for certified businesses. Each year, the MBTA is required to award a certain amount of its federally funded contracts to DBEs. These benchmarks are set in accordance with federal regulation 49 CFR Part 26 and enforced by ODCR.
Certifications are free and issued by MassUCP. The process takes about 30 days, during which time you will attend a workshop, submit an application, and have your business reviewed to ensure it meets state regulations.
After you’re certified, you can create a company profile to be notified of bidding opportunities with the MBTA that match your organization’s industry or service.