Pace has established a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program in accordance with the regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), 49 CFR Part 26. Pace has received Federal financial assistance from the Department of Transportation, and as a condition of receiving this assistance, has signed an assurance that it will comply with 49 CFR Part 26.
It is the policy of Pace to ensure that DBEs, as defined in 49 CFR Part 26, have an equal opportunity to receive and participate in DOT-assisted contracts. It is also Pace's policy:
1. To ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of DOT-assisted contracts;
2. To create a level playing field on which DBEs and small businesses can compete fairly for DOT-assisted contracts;
3. To ensure that the DBE program is narrowly tailored in accordance with applicable law;
4. To ensure that only firms that fully meet 49 CFR Part 26 eligibility standards are permitted to participate as DBEs;
5. To help remove barriers to the participation of DBEs and small businesses in DOT-assisted contracts; and
6. To assist the development of firms that can compete successfully in the marketplace outside the DBE program.
The responsibility for carrying out Pace's commitment to this program is delegated by the Pace Board of Directors to the Executive Director. The Executive Director relies upon the assistance of the DBE Liaison Officer and staff in the day-to-day implementation of this program. Implementation of the DBE program is accorded the same priority as compliance with all other legal obligations incurred by Pace in its financial assistance agreements with the Department of Transportation.
Pace has disseminated this policy statement to its Board of Directors and all components of its organization. Distribution of Pace's policy statement is accomplished through a variety of methods, including the posting of this statement on its website (www.pacebus.com), a widespread direct mail distribution that includes all of its certified DBEs and numerous technical assistance and service providers, and community based organizations serving the disadvantaged business community.
You can also view the signed copy of the.