Disadvantaged Businesses

Link Transit has established a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program in accordance with regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), 49 CFR Part 26. Link Transit has received Federal financial assistance from the DOT, and as a condition of receiving this assistance, Link Transit has signed an assurance bill that it will comply with 49 CFR Part 26.

It is the policy of Link Transit to ensure DBEs as defined in 49 CFR Part 26 have an equal opportunity to receive and participate in DOT-assisted contracts. It is our policy:

  • To ensure non-discrimination in the award and administration of DOT-assisted contracts;
  • To create a level playing field on which DBEs can compete fairly for DOT-assisted contracts;
  • To ensure the DBE Program is narrowly tailored in accordance with applicable law;
  • To ensure that only firms that fully meet 49 CFR Part 26 eligibility standards are permitted to participate as DBEs
  • To help remove barriers to the participation of DBEs in DOT-assisted contracts; and
  • To assist the development of firms that can compete successfully in the market place outside the DBE Program.

Sonjia Cross, CLGPO, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Liaison, is responsible for implementing all aspects of the DBE program: She can be reached at email to: scross@burlingtonnc.gov or call: (336) 222-5006.

Implementation of the DBE program is afforded the same priority as compliance with all other legal obligations incurred by Link Transit in its financial assistance agreements with the DOT. Link Transit has disseminated this policy statement to the Burlington City Council, Link Transit and all of the components of the organization. We have distributed this statement to DBE and non-DBE business communities that perform work for us on DOT-assisted contracts. Click here to review the Link Transit DBE Policy.

Video on tips for DBE Firms

Details about the North Carolina Department of Transportation Bidding and Award Process

North Carolina Department of Transportation DBE Program Information

City of Burlington Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program

Public Notice
FY 2022-2024 Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Goal and Public Outreach Meeting

The City of Burlington, NC is updating its DBE triennial goal methodology for Fiscal Years 2022-2024 to support an overall goal of 0.11%.  As part of the goal setting, the City of Burlington through Link Transit will be holding a public outreach meeting on Wednesday, August 25th, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. via Remote Zoom Meeting.



After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

The City of Burlington encourages any interested persons to provide comments regarding the updated proposed DBE goal methodology during the open comment period. Written comments should be submitted in writing to the City of Burlington’s Planning & Transportation Department the following ways.

1)            Mail/Hand Deliver to: City of Burlington/Link Transit, Attn: John Andoh, Interim Transit Manager, 234 East Summit Avenue, Burlington, NC 27216

2)            Email: jandoh@burlingtonnc.gov

3)            Fax:  (336) 222-5019

Written comments will be accepted for up to 45 days through Thursday, September 29, 2021 at 5:00 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time.

Download Proposed DBE Goal for FY 2022-FY 2024