Office of Civil Rights, Diversity & Inclusion
The Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority (BJCTA) Office of Civil Rights – Diversity and Inclusion – (formerly Equal Opportunity) is charged with the development, implementation, coordination, and monitoring of all equal opportunity, affirmative action, and civil rights programs required by Board policies and Federal regulations. The Office of Civil Rights – Diversity and Inclusion – serves as an advocate of the Agency’s commitment to the promotion of a work environment that recognizes and values the diverse social profile of the BJCTA service area. As such, the office ensures the equitable representation and advancement of protected group members at all levels of employment, the utilization of small, socially and economically disadvantaged businesses in contracts and procurements, the equitable distribution of transit service and benefits, as well as, the non-discriminatory impact of agency decisions and activities.
Objectives / Policy Statements
The Birmingham Jefferson County Transit Authority hereafter known as BJCTA has established a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program in accordance with regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), 49 CFR Part 26. The BJCTA has received Federal financial assistance from the Department of Transportation, and as a condition of receiving this assistance, the BJCTA has signed an assurance that it will comply with 49 CFR Part 26.
It is the policy of the BJCTA to ensure that DBEs are defined in Part 26, have an equal opportunity to receive and participate in DOT–assisted contracts. It is also our policy:
1. To ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of DOT – assisted contracts;
2. To create a level playing field on which DBEs can compete fairly for DOT-assisted contracts;
3. To ensure that the DBE Program is narrowly tailored in accordance with applicable l aw;
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 in DOT assisted contracts; and
6. To assist the development of firms that can compete successfully in the marketplace outside the DBE Program.