Office of Civil Rights - Equity Programs

Economic Opportunity Policies and Programs (EOPP) provides administrative functions related to outreach, certification of firms for the District’s equity programs, managing data collection, policy analysis, data analysis, goal setting and the District’s Disparity Study. 

EOPP is responsible for the development of the District’s equity programs which includes the ongoing development of the District’s Non-Discrimination in Subcontracting Program, DBE program and small business programs. Additionally, equity initiatives such as the Small Business Opportunity Program support and enhance the District’s efforts to include small, minority and women-owned businesses on BART contracts and removes obstacles to their participation by providing technical support and training. 

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) - Federal


Effective January 13, 2021, the statutory gross receipts cap for certified DBEs specified in 49 CFR §26.65 has been adjusted for inflation from $23.98 million to $26.29 million. This adjustment applies to the DBE program only, therefore, is also applicable to firms who apply for the District’s Small Business Entity (SBE) certification.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) is working directly with State Governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by COVID-19. The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. For more information, visit

Small Business Entity (SBE) - Federal

Please note SBE firms under the District’s Small Business Element of its DBE Program also include firms certified by the California Unified Certification Program (CUCP) as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE). Certified DBEs can be found at

Non-Discrimination Program for Subcontracting - Non-Federal

Small Business Program (SB) - Non-Federal

Local Small Business:

BART 2016 Disparity Study

For questions regarding the Study, please contact OCR at 510-464-7538.