300 Passenger Vessel Construction Project
and Associated DBE Project Goal

The San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) intends to release a RFP for the construction of one (1) new passenger-only 46 CFR subchapter K ferry vessel in the fall/winter of FY19/20. This passenger only catamaran will be designed and constructed for efficient and reliable ferry service on multiple San Francisco Bay Ferry Routes including, Alameda/Oakland to San Francisco, Alameda/Oakland to South San Francisco, Alameda Harbor Bay to San Francisco, Richmond to San Francisco and Vallejo to San Francisco services. The expected passenger capacity is 300 passengers with a service speed of 30-knots. This 300-passenger vessel construction project will be funded in part with Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funds.

On August 20, WETA hosted a webinar to provide an overview of the project and technical specifications, to provide an opportunity for participants to ask questions, and to disseminate information on interested primes and subcontractors. In addition, the webinar provided participants an opportunity to comment on the project's proposed Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) goal, as required by FTA regulations.

In addition, the webinar provided participants an opportunity to comment on the project's proposed Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) goal, as required by FTA regulations. The proposed DBE goal for this project is 1.58%. View the archived webinar below.


Download vessel construction technical information. (PDF)

Download responses to questions from August 20, 2019 Ferry Procurement Webinar. (PDF)


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DBE Project Goal Regulatory Background:
On November 3, 2014 the FTA released revised regulations for the Participation of DBEs in Department of Transportation Financial Assistance Programs, 49 CFR part 26. WETA has historically included new vessel construction projects as a part of the development of its overall triennial DBE goal. However, as the result of FTA’s 2014 changes to DBE regulations, new ferry construction projects now fall under FTA’s Transit Vehicle Manufacturer (TVM) requirements, limiting bidders to FTA certified TVMs. Because there are no shipyards that are registered as TVMs, WETA is requesting FTA approval to establish a project specific DBE goal for this project in lieu of limiting proposers to certified TVMs.

WETA has prepared an analysis to establish a project goal for the participation of DBEs in this project following the requirements of 49 CFR §26.45. Part of the requirements for establishing the project goal is to provide meaningful consultation with stakeholders to review and provide input on the proposed goal. The August 20 webinar will provide this opportunity.

How to Find DBEs?
WETA only accepts DBE firms certified through the California Unified Certification Program (CUCP). DBEs must be certified with the CUCP upon contract award. The CUCP DBE database contains up-to-date information on certified DBE firms and can be used to find certified DBE firms for solicitation to meet DBE goal and contracting requirements. This database is intended to expand the use of DBE firms by maintaining complete and current information on those businesses and the products and services they can provide. The entire database can be downloaded or exported. To find a certified DBE firm, visit www.dot.ca.gov.

How to Become a DBE?
The CUCP is charged with overseeing DBE certification activities performed by the various certifying agencies. CUCP certifying agencies are responsible for certifying DBE firms. It is not necessary to apply for DBE certification at more than one agency. Please note: the Water Emergency Transportation Authority is not a certifying agency.

The application to become a newly certified DBE can take up to 90 days. For more information on becoming a DBE and to download the application, please visit www.dot.ca.gov.

Current DBE firms that are located outside of California must go through an interstate certification process with the CUCP. There is an expedited application for interstate DBE certification, however, this process can still take 30-60 days. Firms may request a copy of the out of state declaration by writing to DBE.Certification@dot.ca.gov.

California Unified Certification Program (CUCP)
The CUCP provides "one-stop shopping" certification services to small, minority and women business seeking to participate in the U.S. Department of Transportation DBE Program. Learn more here.

For more information:

WETA’s DBE program:
Diversity Program for Contracts (PDF)

FTA’s DBE requirements:

WETA/ San Francisco Bay Ferry Contact information:

Project Manager
Keith Stahnke, Operations
(415) 291-3377 x192

DBE Administrator
Lauren Gularte