M-1 RAIL is partnering with community partner organizations to assist with the development of a workforce development training and apprenticeship program to prepare workers for construction and future jobs.
M-1 RAIL will comply with the Code of Federal Regulations 49, Part 26, which requires all recipients of US Department of Transportation (DOT) federal assistance funds to implement and enforce a Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) program. The DBE program must seek to ensure nondiscrimination in contract awards that are federally funded and create a level playing field on which DBEs can compete fairly for DOT-assisted contracts.
Detroit-based companies, along with women, minority and disadvantaged business enterprises (DBE), have been awarded nearly 30 percent of the construction and concurrent road work for the M-1 RAIL streetcar project. That amounts to nearly $40 million in contracts awarded to Detroit-based and certified women, minority and DBE businesses. M-1 RAIL’s inclusion percentage is twice the national average when compared to similar projects.
M-1 RAIL will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, physical handicap or sex in the award and performance of any DOT-assisted contract or in the administration of its DBE program through the requirements of 49 CFR Part 26. M-1 RAIL intends to take all necessary and reasonable steps under 49 CFR Part 26 to ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of DOT assisted contracts.
For more information on becoming a certified DBE contractor contact MDOT.