Disadvantaged Business Enterprise

Ben Franklin Transit (BFT), recipient of federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), is committed to a Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE) program in accordance with regulations of the DOT, 49 CFR Part 26.

It is the intention of BFT that all businesses have equal access to BFT’s contracts without discrimination and regardless of race, color, national origin or gender. DBEs, as defined in Part 26, shall have the maximum practicable opportunity to participate in the performance of work relating to all of BFT’s activities. To this end, BFT shall take all necessary steps in accordance with 49 CFR Part 26, and as amended, to ensure DBEs an equal opportunity to receive and participate in DOT assisted Contracts.

BFT DBE Goals 2022-2024

Comments and/or suggestions regarding BFT’s DBE Goal
Please provide feedback on BFT’s annual DBE Goal of 1% to:

Rob Orvis
Procurement Manager & DBE Program Coordinator
[email protected]


Additional program objectives include:

  • Ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of DOT assisted Contracts.
  • Create a level playing field on which DBEs can compete fairly for DOT assisted contracts.
  • Ensure that the DBE Program is narrowly tailored in accordance with applicable law.
  • Ensure that only firms that fully meet 49 CFR Part 26 eligibility standards are permitted to participate as DBEs.
  • Help remove barriers to the participation of DBEs in DOT assisted contracts.

Those DBEs interested in receiving additional information or inclusion in BFT’s program, community organizations or agencies interested in giving or receiving program information, and individuals interested in giving or receiving program information are invited to contact our Program Coordinator & Procurement Manager:

Rob Orvis
Procurement Manager & DBE Program Coordinator