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). We also often receive 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 goal for 2017 through 2019 of 10%.

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 a methodology approved by the FTA that considers the availability of ready, willing and able DBE firms to perform the work required on contracts IndyGo expects to award during a three-year period, as compared to the overall availability of firms to perform such work.

Before seeking bids on a contract, IndyGo carefully examines the specific subcontracting opportunities in the contract and the number of DBE firms available in each subcontracting category. Those considerations lead to a DBE goal for that contract. DBE goals will vary from contract to contract.

A bidder who proposes to use DBE firms as subcontractors is required to respond to contract solicitations with specific information and documentation concerning proposed DBE firm participation. A bidder is expected to make their best effort to meet the DBE contract goal. When a bidder is unable to meet the established DBE goal, it is required that they document certain and specific “good faith efforts.” A bidder who fails to properly address DBE program requirements may be deemed non-responsive and ineligible for award of the contract.

Public Comment for DBE Goal Methodolodgy for the 2020-2022: 

The Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation (IndyGo) invites the community to provide feedback or questions on the methodology for establishing the corporation’s overall DBE goal for the 2020 – 2022 period. Learn more and submit comment here.

DBE Certification

Only the participation of firms certified as DBE companies by the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) can be counted towards the satisfaction of the DBE goal on a contract. 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 firms capabilities, please register as a vendor with IndyGo using the “vendor registration” link on the bottom of the page.

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

Supplier Diversity

IndyGo and its board of directors are dedicated to providing competitive and transparent contract opportunities to a broad and diverse network of suppliers in the Indianapolis area. The DBE program does not fully represent the extent to which the agency has an interest in contracting with firms that may possesses certifications from varied business diversity programs.

Please refer to IndyGo’s official Supplier Diversity Policy & Commitment Statement.