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DBE Program Goals

Goal Submission for Fiscal Years 2018-2020

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New Goals

The Montachusett Regional Transit Authority’s (MART) overall goal for the time period FFY2018-2020 (October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2020) is 5.1% of the Federal financial assistance we will expend in DOT-assisted contracts, exclusive of FTA funds to be used for the purchase of transit vehicles. $5,840,000 is the dollar amount of DOT-assisted contracts that MART expects to award between FFY2018 and FFY2020. $4,900,000 is expected to be awarded in FFY2018, $390,000 in FFY19, and $550,000 in FFY20. This means that MART has set a goal of expending $292,000 with DBEs during the next three fiscal years. We estimate that, in meeting our overall goal of 5%, we will obtain 5% from race-neutral participation and 0% through race-conscious measures.


The following projects will be completed during the time period of Fiscal Years 2018-2020 and will be accomplished with DOT financial assistance. A short description of each project follows:

Misc Facility Rehabilitation Projects – MART will use 5307 and 5339 funds to accomplish various rehabilitation projects on MART’s facilities. These projects are small jobs ranging from $30,000-$150,000 and some medium renovation jobs ranging from $250,000 to $750,000. The largest of these projects may allow MART to split the project into prime and sub-contracting opportunities. However the size of the other projects does lend naturally to smaller firms, DBE and SBE alike. The following is a summary of those projects by year of expected contracting (contracts may be signed as early as July):

FFY17-18 Projects:

  • Construct a sidewalk from the entrance of Wachusett Station down Authority Drive to the intersection of Princeton Road in Fitchburg, MA.
  • Provide passenger enhancements to the parking lot located at Wachusett Station such as security cameras including new connections to internet for video feed, shelters to cover the parking pay-stations, bike racks, and EV Charging stations. Enhanced customer information signage.
  • Upgrade the kitchen areas at the Water Street admin/maintenance facility located at 1427R Water Street, Fitchburg, MA. MART will also upgrade the media in the conference room to provide smart-media capabilities.

FFY18-19 Projects:

  • Rewiring of all electrical panels to separate out tenant meters at 100-150 Main Street, Intermodal Complex, in Fitchburg, MA.
  • Replace AHU, Water Heaters and install Infrared Heaters in the maintenance bays at the admin/maintenance facility located at 1427R Water Street, Fitchburg, MA.

FFY19-20 Projects:

  • Enclose canopy walkway between garage and commuter rail platform to provide shelter from the elements yet keep clear view for safety of passengers.
  • Replace lift components of the elevators located at our 1427R Water Street and 100 Main Street facilities in Fitchburg, MA. Rehab any interior cab components needed.

ITS Systems & Software

MART will upgrade three of our ITS/ERM hardware/software systems within this 3 year period.

  • Replace/enhance our fixed route AVL / “Where’s My Bus” system in FFY18 which will include adding features for auto-announcements at the Intermodal and potentially shelters, a mobile app with route specific QR codes, and interface to the fare collection system.
  • Enhance/replace our Para-transit scheduling/dispatching system in FFY18 including mobile manifest applications.
  • Replace/upgrade our Enterprise Accounting Software in FFY19.

Equipment Purchases:

  • Computers/Network Support – purchase miscellaneous network equipment, copiers, and replacement computers & servers will happen in each of the three years.
  • Furniture for support staff will be replaced in each of the three years.
  • Support Equipment – purchase operational shop equipment such as lube pumps, reels and meters will be purchased in FFY19.
  • Bus shelters will be purchased in FFY19.
  • A replacement phone system will be purchased in FFY20.

Large Project – MART has one large project for this goal setting period. MART originally anticipated the construction rolling out in FY17, but it has been pushed to bid release in FY18. The A&E has already been procured and the project is currently in design phase. MART has $3.2M in TEA-21 FHWA funds which were transferred over to FTA that are earmarked for an “Ayer Parking Garage.”  This project will be to expand a current surface lot and increase parking from 75 cars to almost 200 cars. The construction will include partial surface parking with roll-up to a mini-deck/terrace, so there are definite opportunities for filed sub-contractors. This project has the possibility of a race-conscious goal being set.