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8/29/2011



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USDOT honors Sound Transit for small, disadvantaged business efforts


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The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization recently recognized Sound Transit for “exemplary work” in using small and disadvantaged business enterprises (DBE) in construction projects, Sound Transit and USDOT officials said in a joint statement.

“As Sound Transit expands high capacity transit throughout the region, the agency consistently demonstrates a commitment to ensuring that small and disadvantaged firms play active roles in major infrastructure projects,” said Brandon Neal, director of the USDOT’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization.

For example, of the contracts invoiced for Sound Transit’s University Link light-rail extension, $30 million, or 28 percent, were performed by DBE firms. Another $14 million, or 13 percent, were performed by small businesses.

As part of the pre-bid conferences for University Link, Sound Transit conducted networking and outreach sessions to enable potential prime and subcontractors to meet and begin building relationships, agency officials said.

“Our accomplishments with University Link lay important groundwork for expanding these opportunities throughout the region as we work to bring high capacity transit to the east, south and north,” said Sound Transit Chairman Aaron Reardon.


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