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NJ TRANSIT SEEKING PUBLIC INPUT ON DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS ENTERPRISE GOALS

Public Comments are Welcome during the Month of May

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 30, 2019

NEWARK, NJ — NJ TRANSIT announced its goal to provide 21.87 percent of its federally funded contracting opportunities to Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) during the federal fiscal years of 2020 through 2022. As part of the development and formalization of these goals, the agency is engaging the public and soliciting feedback throughout the month of May.

“NJ TRANSIT is proud to be a leader in providing opportunities to Disadvantaged Business Enterprises,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Kevin Corbett.  “Ensuring that our contracting processes are open to small businesses and disadvantaged entrepreneurs is a top priority and vital part of our agency’s success.  We intend to continue raising our goals over the coming fiscal years.”

NJ TRANSIT must develop three-year goals for contracting with DBEs as a condition of receiving federal funds from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Each year, NJ TRANSIT is measured by how it performs against its three-year goal. In federal fiscal year 2018, NJ TRANSIT awarded $137,781,510.56 in FTA funded contracts with $31,491,583.80 awarded to DBEs.

Interested members of the public can review the methodology that was used to develop and/or submit comments related to NJ TRANSIT’s DBE agency goal at www.njtransit.com/DBEGoal beginning Wednesday, May 1. If commenters prefer to view the methodology in person, they can submit a request to do so at:

NJ TRANSIT - Office of Civil Rights & Diversity Programs
Attn: NJ TRANSIT DBE Agency Goal
One Penn Plaza East, 6th Floor
Newark NJ 07105

Public comment will be accepted from May 1 through May 31, 2019.  NJ TRANSIT will publish responses to all public comments on its website no later than 15 days after the comment period closes.

About NJ TRANSIT

NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 925,000 weekday trips on 251 bus routes, three light rail lines, 12 commuter rail lines and through Access Link paratransit service. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 166 rail stations, 62 light rail stations and more than 18,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.