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The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) will hold public hearings to receive input on the 2016 Disparity Study Draft Report. The study examined Metro’s contracting practices in construction, professional services, and goods and other services as it relates to Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs). The study also documents experiences of DBEs and small businesses seeking work with Metro and quantitative findings on whether or not there is evidence of discrimination based on race, gender, or ethnicity in the transportation contracting industry. Metro is gathering comments on the Disparity Study draft report which will be considered when implementing its Federal DBE Programs on Federal Transit Administration (FTA) -funded contracts.

For all Metro contracts studied, disparities were found for Black American-, Hispanic American-, and non-Hispanic White woman-owned firms (Asian Pacific American-owned firms, Native American-owned firms, and Subcontinent Asian American-owned firms did not show disparities on these contracts). Many of the contracts studied were subject to race-conscious subcontracting goals as a part of the DBE program. When examining contracts where these goals were not applied, substantial disparities were found for Asian Pacific American-, Black American-, Hispanic American, Native American-, and non-Hispanic White woman-owned firms (Subcontinent Asian American-owned firms did not show disparities on these contracts).

The public hearings offer vendors, consultants, contractors, suppliers, industry representatives, and others the opportunity to provide personal comments and accounts of experiences and information related to the operation of the Federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE Program). The public is invited and encouraged to attend and participate by providing comments regarding the 2016 Disparity Study Draft Report. Public hearing dates are as follows:

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
5:00 pm – 8:00pm*
Metro Headquarters Building
Gateway Plaza Conference Room, 3rd Floor
*(Presentation – Q&A   5:00-6:00)

Thursday, December 7, 2017
Transportation Business Advisory Council Meeting
9:30am – 12:00pm ( During TBAC meeting)
Metro Headquarters Building
Metro Board Room, 3rd Floor, Los Angeles, Ca  90012

Monday, December 11, 2017
2:00pm – 5:00pm*
Metro Headquarters Building
Union Station Conference Room, 3rd floor
*(Presentation – Q&A  2:00 – 3:00)

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