DBE Policy & Program
The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Policy and Program is designed to ensure that small, minority and women-owned businesses have the opportunity to compete for and participate in procurement opportunities with Trinity Metro. Since Trinity Metro receives federal funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT), Trinity Metro’s DBE Policy and Program complies with the US DOT’s DBE Policy and Program regulation and requirements as specified in Title 49 Part 26 of the Code of Federal Regulations (49 CFR Part 26). The Trinity Metro Board of Directors, executives, management and staff value diversity and are fully committed to ensuring that small, minority and women-owned business have a level playing field to equitably compete for and participate in Trinity Metro’s procurement of all goods and services regardless of the funding source.
In accordance with the requirements of the US DOT, as set forth in 49 CFR Part 26, Trinity Metro hereby notifies the public that it has proposed to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), an agency of the US DOT, an overall DBE Goal for applicable goods and services during Federal Fiscal Years 2023-2025 (i.e. October 1, 2022 through September 30, 2025) of 14%.
Information pertaining to this goal and a description of how it was determined is available for public inspection during Trinity Metro’s normal business hours, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, at Trinity Metro’s Administrative Offices, 801 Grove Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102. The proposed overall DBE goal will be available for inspection, for a minimum of 30 days following the date of this notice, at the above address. Written comments on the DBE goal will be accepted from the public for 45 days following the date of this notice.
No. A minority or woman-owned company must meet all of the US DOT certification requirements as specified in 49 CFR part 26 to qualify as a DBE, which includes meeting the established definition of a small business and not exceeding a Personal Net Worth cap of $1.32 million.
You must apply for and then go through a DBE certification process. We use the certification service provided by the North Central Texas Regional Certification Agency (NCTRCA) located at 624 Six Flags Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, Texas 76011. The certification service is free and an application can be obtained from the NCTRCA’s website at www.nctrca.org. The application can be completed on-line and support documentation uploaded directly into the application system. Once the NCTRCA receives a completed application and all requested support documentation, the certification review and determination will be made within approximately ninety (90) days. Applicants can also call the NCTRCA at 817.640.0606 or email them at email@example.com to ask questions, get clarifications or to obtain other relevant information. There are seventeen members that are part of the NCTRCA. Once a firm is certified, that firm will be part of the NCTRCA’s certification database and all seventeen members have access to that database. The firm will also be part of the statewide Texas Unified Certification Program’s (TUCP) DBE database.
The Texas Unified Certification Program (TUCP) is a statewide DBE certification program that is mandated by the US DOT. Every state in the United States must establish a statewide DBE certification program (Unified Certification Program). The US DOT, however, leaves it to each state to determine how the UCP will be structured. In Texas, the TUCP consists of six certifying agencies. Companies certified as DBEs by these six agencies are included in a statewide (TUCP) DBE certification database which can then be used by organizations and companies to identify DBEs for potential contracting opportunities. The NCTRCA is one of the six TUCP certifying agencies. Companies, therefore, that obtain DBE certification through the NCTRCA will, in addition to being included in the NCTRCA’s certification database, also be automatically included in the TUCP’s DBE database. More information on the TUCP can be obtained at the Texas Department of Transportation’s TUCP web page.
No. Even if you are certified, you must still market your business, offer competitive prices, and offer goods and services that we solicit. Since we are a medium size public transportation agency, our amount and frequency of opportunities will be smaller and fewer than some of the larger public agencies in the North Texas area. We, however, are growing and with that growth there will also be greater opportunities to do business with us.
No. DBE certification is not a requirement to do business with us. Any small, minority or woman-owned company can compete for and do business with us, just like any majority-owned company, without being certified as a DBE firm. The only requirements for any company to do business with us are to be a responsible and viable company that can cost effectively and efficiently provide the goods and/or services that we solicit. DBE certification, however, does enable us to count your business participation towards our established DBE goal which is a high priority for us.
A DBE certification status makes it easier to identify and ensure that small, minority and women owned businesses are identified and solicited for bids and proposals, particularly for opportunities that are anticipated to be $50,000 or less. These opportunities afford greater flexibility for identifying and soliciting small, minority and women-owned business, especially DBEs. Also, on applicable solicitations that are anticipated to exceed $50,000, a DBE subcontracting goal may be assigned. Prime contractors must then seek to meet the DBE subcontracting goal. We will be able to provide primes with lists of DBEs and their contact information from the NCTRCA’s certification database and also direct them to the TUCP’s statewide DBE database.
Since Trinity Metro is a member of the NCTRCA, we have access to the NCTRCA’s database of DBE firms (approximately 3,250 certified DBE, MBE and WBE firms) and can provide, upon request, listings of DBE firms by type of work performed (i.e. electrical contractors, engineering firms, security firms, marketing consultants, attorneys, construction-concrete, etc…). Various chambers of commerce, technical assistance organizations, professional organizations, contractor associations, etc. are others ways to locate DBEs or potential DBEs. You may contact Trinity Metro's DBE Administrator at 817-215-8717.
Since we receive federal funding from the US DOT, only companies that have been DBE certified by the NCTRCA or one of the other five certifying agencies (i.e. the five other agencies, plus the NCTRCA make up the six TUCP members) will be accepted for inclusion towards meeting our DBE goal. Further, if a company is certified as a DBE by another state’s UCP and is awarded a contract with us, we will request that the awardee apply for DBE certification through the NCTRCA or one of the other TUCP certifying agencies. DBE certification from another state’s UCP will, typically, speed up the certification process for the NCTRCA and its other five certifying agencies.
We value and embrace diversity. Our commitment to our DBE Policy and Program reflects our resolve to ensure diversity within the community of firms with which we do business. We, consequently, expect to do business with primes that share and embrace our values. We expect primes to fully address our DBE
What do I need to do to participate in Trinity Metro’s DBE Program?
To participate in our DBE Program, first get certified as a DBE through the NCTRCA or one of the other five TUCP certifying agencies. If your home office is in the North Texas area, the TUCP will require you to be certified through the NCTRCA. The NCTRCA’s website is: www.nctrca.org
Next, get registered on our vendor database through our Procurement web page.
The above will enable you to register in our vendor database, and you will also be able to review our published solicitations and, once registered, download specific solicitations. Then, market your company to us and if you are looking to be a subcontractor to potential primes, attend our Pre-Bid and Pre-Proposal Conferences, attend any outreach functions that we sponsor, monitor our Procurement web page for formal solicitations and finally, be persistent. We also strongly encourage you to do the same with the other member agencies of the NCTRCA and other organizations in the North Texas area.