Economic Benefits

The Federal Transit Administration officially awarded TriMet $87.4 million in federal funding for the Division Transit Project on Jan. 23, 2020.


The Division Transit Project created new jobs and brought economic benefits to the region.

The project reached its goal of awarding 20 percent of the design funding and 36 percent of the construction funding to Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) firms, supporting businesses owned by people of color and women.

In 2020, TriMet awarded the project’s general contractor contract to Raimore Construction, a certified DBE with a 20-year work history with TriMet. The contract is the largest construction contract in Oregon history.

What is a DBE?

Disadvantaged Business Enterprises are small, for-profit business that are at least 51% owned by individuals who are socially and economically disadvantaged, as defined by the federal government.

As of summer 2022

94  firms have worked on the project

78  firms are based in the region

41  are certified DBE and Minority Business Enterprise and Women Business Enterprise firms

22% of project design work has been awarded to DBE firms

34% of project construction work has been awarded to DBE firms

(not including the prime contractor Raimore Construction)