IndyGo is a firm believer in providing opportunities to dependable, qualified, capable Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE). Please review this section carefully to assess if your business could be a candidate for participation in our DBE program. And if you’re considering registering as a DBE, our team can help with that as well. Reach out.

DBE Program

The Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation (IPTC-IndyGo) has established a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program in accordance with regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), 49 CFR Part 26.

The DBE Program demonstrates the corporation’s continued commitment to the success of minority and women-owned businesses by promoting contracting opportunities to DBE’s within public transit. The program is designed to ensure a level playing field for DBE’s to have equal opportunity to receive and participate in contracts that are assisted by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). IndyGo also often receives federal financial assistance through USDOT and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for major projects.

In accordance with 49 CFR Part 26, the Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation, has established a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise participation/awarded-contracts goal of 10% for 2017 through 2019.

IndyGo DBE Policy Statement:

IndyGo’s DBE Program Policy Statement

DBE Goal Determination

Every three years, IndyGo proposes a DBE goal for all federally assisted contract expenditures. The proposed overall DBE goal is calculated using Federal Transit Administration-approved methodology: IndyGo assesses the number of DBE firms ready, willing and able to fulfill the contracts IndyGo expects to award during a three-year period and then compares that number to the total number of firms that can fulfill those contracts.

Before seeking bids on a given contract, IndyGo will determine a DBE goal for that contract by considering both the specific subcontracting opportunities presented by that contract and the number of DBE firms available in each subcontracting category. Due to variations in solicitation requirements, DBE goals will vary from contract to contract.

A bidding firm that proposes to use DBE firms as subcontractors is required to provide specific information and documentation substantiating the DBE-firm participation it is promising in its bid. A bidding firm is expected to make its best effort to meet the DBE-contract goal. When a bidding firm is unable to meet the established DBE goal, it is required to document certain and specific “good faith efforts” it has made to meet the DBE goal. Any bidding firm that fails to properly address DBE-program requirements will likely be deemed non-responsive, and thus, ineligible for being awarded the contract.

DBE Certification

Only the participation of firms certified as DBE companies by the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) can be considered when determining whether the DBE goal in a given contract has been met. Learn how to become certified. Check out the DBE subcontractor directory of certified firms.

Register as a Vendor

If you would like to be notified of current and/or future bidding opportunities that match your firm’s capabilities, please register as a vendor with IndyGo using the vendor registration form.

For further information, guidance, or assistance, please contact the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Liaison Officer (DBELO), Chelci Hunter, at 317.614.9253 or

Supplier Diversity

While quite substantial, IndyGo’s DBE program does not fully reflect the entire extent to which the agency has an interest in contracting with firms that possess certifications from various business-diversity programs. IndyGo and its board of directors are dedicated to providing competitive and transparent contract opportunities — above and beyond our DBE program — to a broad and diverse network of suppliers in the Indianapolis area. To learn more, please refer to IndyGo’s official Supplier Diversity Policy & Commitment Statement.