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



On April 20, 2022, New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJ TRANSIT) held a public meeting to present its proposed Triennial Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Agency Goal for professional services, construction and other federally funded procurement contracts, for Federal Fiscal Years (FFY) 2023, 2024 and 2025, pursuant to US Department of Transportation guidelines under 49 CFR Part 26. During the meeting, NJ TRANSIT provided a presentation on its goal development process and considerations that resulted in the proposed goal.  

NJ TRANSIT’s proposed DBE agency goal for FFY 2023-2025 is 15.2%

The race-conscious portion of the proposed goal is 13.23%

The race-neutral portion of the proposed goal is 1.97%

From May 1, 2022 through May 31, 2022, NJ TRANSIT is soliciting comments from businesses that have contracted, subcontracted, or sought contracting opportunities with NJ TRANSIT in the past three years. NJ TRANSIT is especially interested in comments relating to:

  • Difficulties or barriers firms have faced when bidding as prime contractors/consultants, sub-contractors/subconsultants, or vendors.
  • Whether business owners believe their race, ethnicity, or gender impacted the contracting opportunities they received and/or their business partnership experience on NJ TRANSIT contracts.
  • The experience of DBEs and prime contractors of solicitation for bids or price quotes from DBEs on projects with and without DBE goals.
  •  Business owners’ experiences accessing capital, bonding and insurance.

To view an edited video recording of NJ TRANSIT’s April 20, 2022 Triennial DBE Agency Goal Announcement event, click here

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

To submit a comment about NJ TRANSIT’s proposed Triennial DBE Agency Goal, please E-mail NJ TRANSIT at OBDP@njtransit.com with the subject: “DBE Agency Goal”

Comments may also be received by post at: 

NJT DBE Agency Goal
Office of Civil Rights - Business Development
NJ TRANSIT Headquarters
One Penn Plaza East, 6th Floor
Newark, New Jersey 07105

"NJ Transit"

NJ TRANSIT's Triennial DBE Agency Goal for *Federal Fiscal Years (FFYs) 2020-2022

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 2020-2022 is 21.87%.

Click Here to review the methodology NJ TRANSIT used to develop its proposed DBE agency goal.

NJ TRANSIT received questions and comments related to its DBE Agency goal during a Public Meeting held on April 24, 2019 and between May 1, 2019 and May 31, 2019 through its website.

Click Here to see those questions and comments, and NJ TRANSIT's responses.

*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

click here

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


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

FFY 17-19 Agency DBE Goal - Executive Summary

FFY 17-19 Agency DBE Goal - Executive Summary