SEPTA-CTA Certification Reciprocity Pilot
Certification is a valuable tool for public procuring agencies that want to understand the availability of historically underutilized businesses (HUBs) in their region, track their use of HUBs, and for HUBs seeking to participate in race-conscious or race-neutral contracting programs. However, certification programs are extremely fragmented across the private and public sectors, and within the public sector at the federal, state, and local levels. SEPTA and the Chicago Transit Authority are working on an MOU to facilitate inter-agency certification reciprocity for small business enterprises (SBEs) and hope this pilot can lay the groundwork for other efforts to simplify certification for HUBs.
Chicago Transit Authority Red Line Extension
The Red Line Extension is the most transformational project in the history of the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). The project will extend CTA’s busiest rail line from its current terminus at 95th Street to the southern border of Chicago’s city limits at 130th Street to address a decades-long gap in transit connectivity to Chicago’s Far South Side. Equity is the foundation of the extension project, and CTA intends to incorporate different procurement methods to maximize HUB participation.