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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 diversity@transitchicago.com or a manager directly.

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 

Events

  • Aug
    17
    Wednesday

    CTA Red & Purple Modernization Project (RPM) Information Event

    Connect with CTA, contractors, and local unions to learn about opportunities in the construction sector.

    Aug 17, 2022
    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

    Westside American Job Center
    605 S. Albany Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60612

    Register  

    Red & Purple Modernization Project construction site
  • August
    24
    Wednesday

    Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Certification

    August 24, 2022
    10:00 AM

    Zoom

    Register  

    CTA train and bus
  • Aug
    31
    Wednesday

    Responding to CTA Contract Opportunities

    August 31, 2022
    10:00 AM

    Zoom

    Register  

    Public meeting
  • Sep
    28
    Wednesday

    CTA Compliance Do’s, Don'ts, and Must’s!:

    September 28, 2022
    10:00 AM

    Zoom

    Register  

    Papers

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)