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 2019-2021

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 the BFT DBE Liaison:

Ben Franklin Transit
1000 Columbia Park Trail
Richland, WA 99352
(509) 735-5100 
DBE Liaison:
Rob Orvis
Interim Director of Administrative Services
(509) 734-5125
DBE Program Coordinator
Rob Orvis
Procurement Manager
(509) 734-5125