Office of Civil Rights

Mission Statement

The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) serves a governance role at the District for equity programs and state and federal compliance. OCR's major compliance obligations at the District focuses on the following state and federal regulations and/or programs: Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, California Labor Code, Davis-Bacon and Related Acts, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), Environmental Justice (EJ), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Small Business and Non-Discrimination Program for Subcontracting.

OCR is comprised of three divisions that support these responsibilities: Workforce and Policy Compliance, Contract and Labor Compliance, and Economic Opportunity Policies and Programs.


LATEST NEWS

PROPOSED TRIENNIAL DBE GOAL

The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (District) will host two public meetings on its proposed Triennial Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goal for Federal Transit Administration (FTA) assisted projects during federal fiscal years (FFY) 2020 through 2022 (October 1, 2019 - September 30, 2022).

The District will achieve its DBE goal using race and gender-conscious measures, as well as race and gender-neutral measures. The District proposes an overall goal of 16% for FFY 2020-2022 for FTA-assisted projects.

We will host public meetings on the proposed DBE goals on July 9, 2019 and July 10, 2019 to solicit comments regarding the methodology of the DBE FFY 2020-2022 overall goal. The District encourages all interested parties to attend the public meeting to express their views. Meeting details can be found below:

  • Tuesday, July 9, 2019 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin St., Koret Auditorium, San Francisco, California 94102.
  • Wednesday July 10, 2019, from 3:30 to 5:30 pm in the MET Auditorium, 101 8th Street, Oakland, California 94607.

If you are unable to attend, please send your comments to Office of Civil Rights Program Manager Joseph Towner:

  • Mail: 300 Lakeside Drive, 16th Floor, Oakland, CA 94612
  • Email: JTowner@bart.gov
  • Fax: (510) 464-7585

TRIENNIAL DBE GOAL – REQUEST FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (District) is establishing its proposed Triennial Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goal for Federal Transit Administration (FTA) assisted projects during Federal Fiscal Years (FFY) 2020-2022, in accordance with the U.S. Department of Transportation, 49 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 26.  The District encourages all interested parties to express their views that they may have regarding the District’s methodology for Triennial DBE goal setting. Also, the District encourages the public to provide any comment regarding conditions that may affect DBE contracting that could impact our DBE goal.

The goal and its rationale are available for inspection between the hours of 8:00am-5:00pm Monday-Friday at:

San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District

Office of Civil Rights

300 Lakeside Drive, 16th Floor

Oakland, CA 94612

BART Office of Civil Rights staff are available for an in-person meeting or phone call to respond to inquiries and receive comments on the DBE goal. Please contact Office of Civil Rights Program Manager, Joseph Towner at (510) 987-5210 or JTowner@bart.gov.

Written comments may be sent to Mr. Joseph Towner at the email address above or the following address below:

Office of Civil Rights

300 Lakeside Drive, 16th Floor

Oakland, CA 94612

Or Fax: (510) 464-7585

The District must submit DBE goals to the Federal Transit Administration by August 1, 2019, therefore, the District will consider all comments received by July 28, 2019.

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Contact Information

Contract Compliance and Certification:

Ruby Smith, Program Manager II, rsmith@bart.gov or (510) 464-6324

Labor Compliance:

Ardis Graham, Manager of Special Projects, agraham@bart.gov or (510) 464-6195