Disadvantage Business Enterprise

JPB and SamTrans Disadvantaged Business Program Policy
The Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (JPB) and the San Mateo County Transit District (“District”) are committed to the participation of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (“DBEs”) in contracting opportunities in accordance with Federal Regulation 49 C.F.R. Part 26, effective March 4, 1999, as may be amended (“Regulations”). It is the policy of the JPB and the District to ensure nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, sex or national origin in the award and administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation assisted contracts. It is the intention of the JPB and the District to create a level playing field on which DBEs can compete fairly for contracts and subcontracts relating to the JPB and the District’s construction, procurement and professional services activities.

DBE Program summary
The main objectives of the DBE Program are:
- To ensure that small disadvantaged business enterprises (DBE) can compete fairly for federally funded transportation-related projects.
- To ensure that only eligible firms participate as DBEs.
- To assist DBE firms in competing outside the DBE Program.

The complete DBE Program for the JPB and the District and annual overall goals analysis are available for review at:
DBE Officer
San Mateo County Transit District
1250 San Carlos Avenue
P.O. Box 3006
San Carlos, CA 94070-1306

If you have any questions or would like further information regarding this program, please call the DBE Office at (650) 508-7939.

HOW TO BECOME A DBE FIRM
In order for small disadvantaged firms, including those owned by minorities and women, to participate as a DBE in DOT-assisted contracts, they must apply for and receive certification as a DBE. For the state of California, DBE certification is performed by the certifying agencies of the California Unified Certification Program (CUCP).

For additional information about the DBE Program, please visit the U.S. Department of Transportation, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization

For information about DBE certification, please visit the California Unified Certification Program at or at www.caltrans.ca.gov.