Disadvantaged Business Enterprise

It is the policy of Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District (MetroLINK), in recognition of the responsibilities to the community it serves, to involve socially and economically disadvantaged individuals in all phases of procurement and contract activities including, but not limited to, consultant contracts, construction contracts and purchase of other goods and services related to transportation projects of the District. MetroLINK is a recipient of federal transit funds authorized by 70 ILCS Section 3610/5 et seq. also known as the Local Mass Transit Act and 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.

MetroLINK works with the Chicago Transit Authority to certify businesses who qualify as DBE’s. All inquiries regarding MetroLINK’s DBE certification process, program, or goals, should be directed to:

Jennifer Hirsch, DBE Officer
1515 River Drive
Moline, IL 61265
[email protected]

DBE Goal

In accordance with the requirements of the U.S. Department of Transportation, as set forth in 49 CFR Part 26, as amended, MetroLINK hereby announces its Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goal of 1.6% for applicable procurement and contract activities utilizing Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funds from FY2017-2019. 

The Black Hawk College Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) offers a variety of free services to businesses wishing to learn more about contracting in Illinois. PTAC can guide businesses through certification to become a DBE or other federal or state programs. A variety of other services are available to contractors as well. Find out more information about PTAC here