Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program

What is NYC DOT’s DBE Goal?

As a recipient of Federal financial assistance, NYC DOT is required to establish goals for the participation of disadvantaged business enterprises (DBEs) in federally-assisted contracts. Every three years, NYC DOT establishes an overall agency goal. The NYC DOT DBE goal for Federal Fiscal Years 2019-2021 is 8.0% on contracts funded by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Specific goals are determined for each FTA-assisted contract based on the type of work and project.

Proposed New Federal Fiscal Year 2022-2024 DBE Goal for Comment

NYC DOT is proposing a goal of seven percent (7.0%) on contracts funded by the FTA for Federal Fiscal Years 2022-2024. The public is encouraged to submit comments on NYC DOT’s goal proposal from July 1 thru July 30 by email at dbecomments@dot.nyc.gov.


It is the policy of NYC DOT to ensure nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, sex or national origin in the award and administration of the USDOT assisted contracts. It is the intention of NYC DOT is to create an equitable environment in which DBEs can compete fairly for contracts and subcontracts relating to NYC DOT’s USDOT-assisted procurements.


The Federal DBE Program is a separate program and subject to different requirements from those of the Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) Programs of New York City and New York State. The MWBE Programs do not apply to federally funded contracts. To learn more about becoming a DBE, please visit the NYS Unified Certification Program Website.