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Diversity Programs

About Diversity Programs at the CTA

The mission of Diversity Programs is to create an environment of diversity, equity, and inclusion by promoting dialogue with the contracting community and other stakeholders that will improve the CTA’s ability to level the playing field and establish diversity as a critical component of the CTA’s contracting practices.

Diversity Programs will achieve these goals by certifying eligible firms as Disadvantaged and/or Small Business Enterprises (DBE/SBE), assessing attainable DBE & SBE contracting goals, creating opportunities for DBEs & SBEs to network with large contractors, establishing programs for DBEs & SBEs to grow in capacity & capability, connecting interested individuals with job opportunities on CTA contracts, and advocating for policies that reduce barriers for both DBEs/SBEs and job seekers on our contracts.

Schedule a one-on-one consultation with us by emailing or a manager directly.


  • Jul

    Building Small Businesses Program Orientation

    July 18, 2024
    5:30–7:30 pm

    Malcolm X College
    1900 W Jackson Blvd
    Chicago, IL 60612

    Special Introduction of CTA’s Featured Red Line Extension (RLE) Project Coming to Your Community!

    Be a part of the 5.6-mile rail expansion—join the conversation on the Red Line Extension Project, featuring four new stations, and unlock new opportunities for small businesses and DBEs.

  • Jul

    Driving Small Business the Distance: Accounting & Taxes

    July 24, 2024



  • Aug

    Meet the Contractor event

    August 7, 2024
    10:00 am - 12:00 noon

    Sulzer Regional Library (Auditorium)
    4455 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60635

    Doors open at 9:45 am
    Presentation starts at 10:15 am

    The Chicago Transit Authority Meet the Contractor event is an opportunity for small businesses to learn about the Brown Line Ravenswood - Western station project with Prime Contractor FH Paschen.

    FH Paschen is seeking DBE-Certified contractors that specialize in the following:

    • Concrete Foundations
    • Structural Steel
    • Masonry
    • Glass and Glazing
    • Roofing
    • Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning
    • Drywall
    • Painters
    • Carpenters
    • Power and Communication Lines
    • Landscaping Services


  • Aug

    Driving Small Business the Distance: CTA Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Certification Process

    August 21, 2024



  • Sep

    Driving Small Business the Distance: Cyber Security

    September 25, 2024



U.S. Department of Transportation Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

The United States Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) is advancing its commitment to equity and access to contracting opportunities for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) and Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE). In doing so, U.S. DOT has recently announced the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would strengthen these programs’ regulations. This recent rulemaking allows DBEs and ACDBEs to have the ability to find resources to new program features, in addition to updating standards when certifiers are assessing eligibility. Read the press release 

Mentor-Protégé Program

Through hands-on and classroom training experience, the Mentor-Protégé Program strives to develop working relationships between DBE firms and prime contracting firms that have successfully participated in and/or completed CTA contracts.

Program description and application (PDF)