Disadvantaged Business Enterprise

The City of Brownsville has established a DBE Program in accordance with regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for Federal Transit Administration (FTA) assisted projects. 

It is the policy of the City of Brownsville to ensure that Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE's), as defined in 49 CFR Part 26, have an equal opportunity to receive and participate in DOT-FTA assisted contracts. It is also our policy to:

  1. Ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of DOT-FTA assisted contracts.
  2. Create a level playing field on which DBE'ss can compete fairly for DOT-FTA assisted contracts.
  3. Ensure that the DBE Program is narrowly tailored in accordance with applicable law.
  4. Ensure that only firms that fully meet 49 CFR Part 26 eligibility standards are permitted to participate as DBE's.
  5. Help remove barriers to participation of DBE's in DOT-FTA assisted contracts.
  6. Assist the development of firms that can compete successfully in the market place outside the DBE Program.
  7. Provide appropriate flexibility to recipients of Federal financial assistance in establishing and providing opportunities for DBE's.
A sign at La Plaza Brownsville with the Facebook logo in the bottom left corner.

As part of our DBE Outreach Program, we reached out to several partners in the city and state in June 2020 via a virtual meeting. We will partner with the UTRGV Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) and have both virtual and live events to share our projects and increase local DBE certified participation. The June Project letter is under Related Documents section to the right of this page.

The DBE Overall Goal is stated as 1.0% of the DOT-FTA assisted contracts and the goals are entirely race-conscious. Please see updated Goals and Methodology Report attached for the years 2021/2022/2023 is under our Related Documents section to the right of this page.

B-Metro ensures 
that all DBE's, as defined in part 26, have an equal opportunity to receive and participate in DOT-FTA assisted contracts.