Sound Transit reports it is continuing to exceed goals for contracting with disadvantaged business enterprises and small businesses (DBE/SBs) involving women and people of color in transit construction.

The agency’s independent Diversity Oversight Committee reports that DBE participation on $1.7 billion of federally funded Sound Transit projects in 2016 exceeded three-year goals. Through its own commitment and its contracting partners, the regional transit agency issued $51.8 million in DBE construction contracts in 2016 – a 15.7 percent attainment compared to a goal of 12.4 percent.

“These results reflect and demonstrate the collaboration between Sound Transit and its partners to maximize the disadvantaged businesses on their projects as they are aligned with the overall values of the agency,” said Small Business Development and Labor Compliance Director Leslie Jones.

Workforce diversity under ST’s project labor agreements also exceeded goals, with total project hours for people of color at 27.2 percent, compared to a goal of 21 percent. People of color worked 36.3 percent of the total apprenticeship hours. 

Women apprentices reached 17.3 percent participation out of all apprentice hours worked. While the total project hours worked by women fell short of the 12 percent goal, women made up 7.2 percent of the total workforce, compared to a national average of 2.6 percent.

More information on the Diversity Oversight Committee is available at this website.