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Office of Business Development

NJ TRANSIT's Office of Business Development (OBD) is responsible for ensuring participation by Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) firms in NJ TRANSIT's contracting opportunities, in accordance with Title 49 Part 26 of the US Department of Transportation's (USDOT's) Code of Federal Regulations. The DBE Program is intended to "level the playing field" so that historically disadvantaged businesses can compete fairly on USDOT- assisted contracts. OBD works closely with qualified business owners to assist them with DBE certification. OBD also assists certified DBEs, Small Business Enterprises (SBEs) and general prime contracting firms in navigating NJ TRANSIT's bidding process, DBE/SBE contract compliance, prime and DBE/SBE networking, and partnership best practices.

NJ TRANSIT's Office of Business Development provides resources for:

  • DBE Certification and Technical Support
  • Procurement events and opportunities
  • Business Outreach and Networking Events
  • Continuing Education Programs
  • Construction and Vocational Training
  • Joint Venture and other strategic business alliances
  • Throughout the year, the Office of Business Development supports activities that nurture the development of small, minority, women-owned and disadvantaged businesses.
  • The Office of Business Development is divided primarily into two areas:
  • Outreach & Certification Unit
  • Contract Compliance Unit
DBE/SBE Program Goals

NJ TRANSIT's Triennial DBE Agency Goal for *Federal Fiscal Years (FFYS) 2023-2025

New Jersey Transit is a recipient of federal transportation dollars awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (USDOT's) Federal Transit Administration (FTA). As of 2010, NJ TRANSIT is required to establish a three-year (triennial) DBE agency goal for its DBE Program. The DBE agency goal represents the portion of FTA funded contracting dollars projected to be available for DBEs during the triennial period. This goal is to be established in compliance with the USDOT Code of Federal Regulations Title 49 Part 26.

NJ TRANSIT's Triennial DBE Agency Goal for *FFYs 2023-2025 is 15.2%.

To view only a PDF of PowerPoint presentation used in NJ TRANSIT’s April 20, 2022 DBE Triennial DBE Agency Goal Announcement Event Click here 

NJ TRANSIT posted its DBE goal methodology on the agency website and received public comments for thirty days, from May 1-May 31, 2022. NJ TRANSIT also held meetings with key stakeholders on their response to the DBE goal.

To view a summary of all comments and questions received at the April 20th event and during the subsequent thirty-day public comment period, including those questions received during stakeholder engagement meetings, along with NJ TRANSIT’s responses Click Here

*Note: The Federal Fiscal Year begins October 1st and ends Sept 30th.

SBE Program Goal

The State of New Jersey's Small Business Set-Aside program has a goal that 25% of state contract and purchase order dollars be awarded to Small Business Enterprises (SBE). Small Business Enterprise registration will ensure your company is a member of a limited group of vendors eligible to participate in these selected contract offerings.

NJ TRANSIT participates in the SBE Program but does not certify SBEs.

To view the eligibility requirements and apply to become an SBE please click here.

Getting Certified

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Contract Support Services

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New Jersey Unified Certification Program (NJ UCP)

In accordance with 49 CFR, Part 26 all recipients from the United States Department of Transportation (US DOT) receiving financial assistance must create and participate in a statewide Unified Certification Program (UCP). In 2006 the New Jersey Unified Certification Program (NJ UCP) was created with the following three agency partners - New Jersey Transit (NJT) New Jersey, Department of Transportation (NJ DOT), and the Port Authority of NY & NJ (PANYNJ).

The NJ UCP is an initiative that streamlines the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification process. This single uniform process eliminates the need for multiple applications to the other NJ UCP partners.

Businesses that are certified as a DBE by one of the three agencies are automatically certified with the other two agency partners and included in the NJ UCP DBE Directory. The NJ UCP DBE Directory lists all DBE Firms certified in the NJ UCP.

The primary objectives of the NJ UCP are to:

Provide and support a single uniform certification process. List businesses in a centralized DBE Directory. Simplify the process of staying DBE certified.


If you are interested in applying for DBE Certification with NJ TRANSIT please click here.

Please note: A socially disadvantaged individual is a citizen or lawfully admitted permanent resident, who is a member of one of the following groups: Black American, Hispanic American, Native American, Asian- Pacific American, Subcontinent American, or Woman.

Click here for the NJ UCP DBE Application

Click here for access to the NJ UCP DBE Directory

  • Have owners' whose Personal Net Worth does not exceed $1.32 million with regulatory exclusions (does not include your primary residence & ownership interest in the applying DBE firm)

Out of state businesses must be DBE certified in their home state by their governing agency before applying to the NJ UCP.

To be eligible for DBE Certification, a firm must:

Be at least 51% owned by one or more socially or economically disadvantaged individuals. (A socially disadvantaged individual is a citizen or lawfully admitted permanent resident, who is a member of one of the following groups: Black American, Hispanic American, Native American, Asian- Pacific American, Subcontinent American, or Woman.) Be an independent business, and one or more of the socially disadvantaged owners must control its management and daily operations Be an existing "for- profit business"
General Contact Information

[email protected]

NJ TRANSIT Headquarters

Office of Business Development
One Penn Plaza East- 6th Floor
Newark, NJ 07105


New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT)

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

NJ Unified Certification Program (NJ UCP) DBE Directory

NJ State Treasury

New Jersey Division of Revenue Selective Assistance Vendor Information (NJ SAVI)

State of NJ Division of Revenue Small Business Set-Aside Program

NJ Treasury EEO Compliance and Enforcement for Public Contracts

The Regional Alliance For Small Contractors, Inc.

NJ Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

U.S. Small Business Administration

USDOT (Office of Small Disadvantage Business Utilization)

US Department of Labor (USDOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance (OFCCP)

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009