DBE Program

IndyGo’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program demonstrates the corporation’s continued commitment to the success of minority and women-owned businesses by promoting contracting opportunities to DBEs within public transit. The program is designed to ensure a level playing field for DBEs to have equal opportunity to receive and participate in contracts that are assisted by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). Major IndyGo projects often receive federal financial assistance through USDOT and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). IndyGo administers the program in accordance with 49 CFR Part 26.

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. IndyGo’s overall DBE goal for the period 2014 – 2016 is 15%.

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 his best effort to meet the DBE contract goal. When a bidder is unable to meet the established DBE goal, it is required that he 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.

2017 – 2019 DBE Goal

In accordance with 49 CFR Part 26, the Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation, also known as IndyGo, has established its Disadvantaged Business Enterprise goal for the federal fiscal years of 2017 through 2019.  IndyGo’s goal will be 10%.

The proposed overall goal and its rationale are available for public inspection during the normal business hours of 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, Monday – Friday, at IndyGo’s administrative offices, 1501 W. Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46222.

IndyGo will accept written comments regarding this proposed goal through June 30, 2016.  IndyGo’s FFY 2017-2019 goal may be adjusted as comments are received and considered.  Phone calls regarding the goal will not be accepted.  All comments must be in writing.  Inquiries or comments may be directed to the following:

Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation
Attention: Pam White
1501 W. Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46222



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 more about DBE qualification and certification.

Check out the directory of currently certified DBE firms.

For further information or guidance, please contact the IndyGo Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Liaison Officer (DBELO) at 317.614.9252.