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FTA Outreach & Listening Session: DBE Issues & Concerns

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Office of Civil Rights hosted a virtual outreach and listening session to discuss known and common issues faced by FTA recipients and businesses that perform FTA-assisted work related to the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program (49 CFR Part 26). DBEs, FTA recipients, transit vehicle manufacturers, and other interested stakeholders were invited to participate. FTA is currently reviewing the feedback obtained during the session and intends to use it to identify and understand challenges in the DBE program, and reduce barriers to participation by DBEs and interested small businesses. FTA thanks everyone for their participation, as your input is pivotal to enhancing the implementation of the overall DBE program. The virtual listening session may be accessed here.

If you are interested in commenting about this event, please send an email with your name, affiliation, and your comment to

For one week after the event FTA  continued the conversation using our online forum here. The forum is no longer open for new posts, but you may still view the posts.