Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program

DBE program goals

Notice of Sound Transit's Disadvantaged Business Enterprises Goal For Federal Fiscal Years 2021 - 2022

Sound Transit, the Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority, hereby gives notice pursuant to 49 Code of Federal Regulations Part 26, issued by the U. S. Department of Transportation, that Sound Transit will set the following Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) utilization goal for Federal Fiscal Years 2021 - 2022.

FTA Federally Assisted Projects: 16.39%

Sound Transit intends to submit the above-referenced DBE utilization goal to the Federal Transit Administration. Persons interested in obtaining a copy of Sound Transit's submittal to the Federal Transit Administration may find it online at the link below or contact Sound Transit directly via phone at 206-398-5036, toll-free at 1-800-201-4900 or email at civilrightsDBE@soundtransit.org.

Notice of Sound Transit's DBE Goal for Federal Fiscal Years 2021-2022 (PDF)
Federal DBE Program Proposed Overall Goal and Methodology for Federal Fiscal Years 2021 and 2022 (PDF)

DBE program objectives

  1. Ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of federally-funded contracts.
  2. Create a level playing field where DBEs can compete fairly for federally funded contracts.
  3. Help remove barriers to DBE participation in the bidding, award, and administration of Sound Transit contracts.
  4. Assist in the development of DBEs so they can compete successfully in the market outside of the DBE program.
  5. Ensure that only firms that fully meet the eligibility standards of 49 CFR Part 26 are permitted to participate as DBEs.
  6. Ensure that the DBE Program is narrowly tailored in accordance with applicable law.
  7. Identify business enterprises that are qualified as DBEs and are qualified to provide Sound Transit with required materials, equipment, supplies and services; and to develop a good rapport with the owners and management of those enterprises. This will include DBE round tables, DBE notification by electronic notices and networking sessions.  
  8. Develop communication programs and procedures that will acquaint prospective DBEs with Sound Transit contract procedures, activities and requirements that allow DBEs to provide Sound Transit with feedback regarding existing barriers to participation and effective procedures to eliminate those barriers;  
  9. Administer the DBE Program in close coordination with the various Sound Transit departments so as to facilitate the successful implementation of this Program;  
  10. Foster participation by small businesses by implementing the strategies set forth in this DBE Program; and  
  11. Promote the use of all types of DBEs. 

What is a DBE?

A DBE is a for-profit small business that is at least 51% owned by individuals who are socially and economically disadvantaged. For details on additional criteria based on personal net worth and business size standards, please visit the "Do You Qualify as a DBE?" page of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Office of Civil Rights website.

How does my business become a DBE?

In Washington State, you must be certified through the Washington State Office of Minority & Women's Business Enterprises. Please visit OMWBE's website for additional information.

For information on DBE Fraud please see these FAQs and this brochure.