Morgan station under construction

DBE Program

“DBE” stands for “Disadvantaged Business Enterprise.” The DBE program is governed by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) 49 CFR Part 26 and seeks to achieve several objectives:

  • Ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of DOT assisted contracts for highway, transit, and airport programs
  • Create a level playing field on which DBEs can compete fairly for DOT assisted contracts
  • Help eliminate barriers to participation of DBE firms in DOT Assisted contracts
  • Promote the use of DBEs in all types of federally assisted contracts and procurement activities conducted by recipients

The Chicago Transit Authority's Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program demonstrates the Authority's continued commitment to the success of minority/and women-owned businesses by promoting contracting opportunities to DBEs within transit.

DBE Policy Statement
DBE Program Plan
Federal Fiscal Years (FFY) 2025-2027 DBE Goal and Methodology
Federal Fiscal Years (FFY) 2022-2024 DBE Goal and Methodology (español) (polsku)
RPM Goal Setting Methodology and Calculations

How to certify as a DBE