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MTA Small Business Federal Program

Updated Apr 1, 2024

The MTA seeks to facilitate and encourage the participation of small businesses, including Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) by providing a supportive framework for eligible firms to develop and grow within the construction industry and to establish stable, long-term business relationships with the MTA.

For federally-funded projects, the three-year Small Business Federal Program (SBFP) includes:

  • Pre-Qualification
  • Training
  • Business plan development
  • Access to working capital and insurance
  • Bond assistance program
  • Experience working on MTA contracts up to $3 million
  • Fast-track payments

How to qualify for SBFP

In order to participate in MTA's SBFP, a firm must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Be pre-qualified to do business with the MTA.
  2. Provide at least two references for commercial work – valued at no less than $500,000 in every trade for which it wishes to be qualified.
  3. Have been in business for at least one year.
  4. Owner must not have a net worth (excluding primary residence) exceeding $1.32 million.
  5. Have an annual earnings cap of $5 million/year averaged over the last 3 years.
  6. Be capable (with MTA assistance) of being bonded for up to $3 million.

How firms get work

Once you have received your pre-qualification approval letter, you are eligible for participation in the Program. Opportunities for bidding on MTA work will be dependent upon the contractor’s available bonding capacity at the time of bidding and the availability of work in the trades for which you qualify.

Information and contacts

For SBFP criteria or information on how to apply:

Please call SBFP Prequalification Unit at 212-878-4757 or 212-878-7027, or email MTA SBFP: SBDP@mtahq.org.

For information on SBDP training or how to apply:

Please call George Cleary at 212-878-7045, or email gacleary@mtahq.org.

To contact the MTA's SBDP Manager:

Please call John Hanna at 646-252-2360 or email: john.hanna@mtacd.org