Caltrans asks for input in disparity study

Caltrans is conducting a study to help them implement their Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) programs.Caltrans is conducting a study to help them implement their Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) programs.The State of California is inviting public participants to a public hearing in Fresno on May 10 to obtain information regarding incidents in which obstacles were encountered in the transportation contracting industry in California.

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) said in a release that they are conducting an availability and disparity study that will assist both Caltrans and local governments in implementing their Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) programs.

The study includes an analysis of the experiences of vendors and contractors with Caltrans and local agencies in connection with implementation of their DBE program and involves an analysis of whether or not there is evidence of discrimination or its effects in the transportation contracting industry in California.

The hearing will be held Thursday, May 10, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Caltrans office located at 2015 E. Shields Ave. at the south end of the Manchester Center mall.