Winter 2008

  • Message from the Director: PA Projects on Track.
    Opportunities Abound for PA-Certified Businesses
  • By the Numbers: M/W/S/DBE Participation Grows
  • ARC Tunnel Project Needs DBEs (Types of Businesses Needed for ARC Tunnel Project)
  • Types of Businesses Needed for ARC Tunnel Project
  • Staying Abreast of ARC Tunnel Project
  • 2009 DBE Outreach Conference Schedule
  • DBE Profile: JCMS, Inc.: Networking Is Vital to Business Success
  • Not DBE-Certified Yet?
  • Classes & Events
  • Other Issues of The Opportunity Report

Message from the Director: PA Projects on Track. Opportunities Abound for PA-Certified Businesses

As with many organizations throughout the U.S., The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is not immune from the consequences of the nation's economic downturn and the need to make tough choices. So it was no surprise that on December 17, 2008, the Port Authority Board of Commissioners approved a budget that had zero growth in our operating budget and zero growth in staffing levels. But that's only half the news.

The good news is that the Board approved a budget that makes a sizeable investment in critical regional infrastructure projects. Staying committed to its role as a facilitator of regional transportation and global trade, the Port Authority approved a $6.7 billion 2009 budget that includes a record $3.3 billion in capital spending. This represents an increase of $725 million, or more than 28 percent, over the 2008 budget.

The decision to keep our projects on track will not only benefit direct users of our services, but, equally as important, stimulate a suffering regional economy and provide new job avenues to Port Authority–certified M/W/S/DBEs. Port Authority–certified M/W/S/DBEs will be needed to move many projects forward, including the World Trade Center site, ARC Tunnel Project, modernization of PATH and expansion of our airports.

And with all of these projects, we are partnering with a full range of stakeholders to implement green policies to conserve and enhance the region's natural resources for future generations. In fact, the Port Authority is committed to becoming the first carbon-neutral public agency in the region.

This month we devote this issue of The Opportunity Report to our DBE programs and the ARC Tunnel Project, a joint undertaking with NJ Transit.

In 2009, the Port Authority will aggressively pursue our partnerships with our M/W/S/DBEs to safely, securely and sustainably fulfill our ambitious projects, such as the ARC Tunnel Project, within an economic atmosphere that is, at best, unpredictable. I encourage you to participate in the many programs we will be offering throughout the year. This is just one of the many ways the Port Authority demonstrates its commitment to our certified businesses. And we will continually strive to promote workforce diversity wholeheartedly during these challenging economic times.

Lash Green
Director of the Office of Business and Job Opportunity

By the Numbers: M/W/S/DBE Participation Grows

2008 was a banner year for M/WBE awards, particularly as it relates to goods and services and construction awards. Over $80 million in contracts was awarded to M/WBE's in the goods and services category. This success can be attributed in part to an active participant of our Janitorial/Maintenance SBE program who was awarded a highly publicized, large, multi-year Port Authority janitorial contract. There was also over $40 million in awards to M/WBEs in the category of construction and over $280 million in M/WBE activity in WTC Redevelopment projects. Find out what M/W/S/DBE opportunities are available to your company.

ARC Tunnel Project Needs DBEs

The Access to the Region's Core (ARC)/THE Tunnel Project, a partnership project between the Port Authority and NJ Transit, is a ‘once-in-a-lifetime' $8.7 billion project that will expand trans-Hudson River rail capacity to midtown Manhattan. "This important transit project is critical for regional mobility and for the jobs it will create during these times of economic uncertainty," said Deputy Executive Director Susan Bass Levin. "When work begins later this year, we're confident that the project will create 6,000 construction jobs a year, stimulate the creation of 44,000 jobs regionally and lead to future opportunities for our certified firms. Components of this historic project, set to start the bidding process this year, include:

  • two new tracks paralleling the Northeast Corridor from the Frank R. Lautenberg Station in Secaucus;
  • new twin rail tunnels in three segments: beneath the Palisades in New Jersey, under the Hudson River, and under the far west side of Manhattan;
  • an expansion of Penn Station New York under West 34th Street in Manhattan, including direct connections to New York City subways at 8th, 7th, and 6th avenues, as well as PATH; and
  • a loop connection to the Main, Bergen County, Pascack Valley, and Port Jervis lines to allow for transfer-free service to Penn Station New York.

According to Howard Sackel, Port Authority Director for THE Tunnel Project, "We are seeking a high level of DBE participation. There is the potential for about $1 billion of the $5 billion in construction work being awarded to DBEs. We are working with NJ Transit on coordinating outreach efforts to bring DBEs into the project."

Five billion dollars of the $8.7 billion project cost will be for actual construction. The remainder will go for right of way, new cars and locomotives and engineering and support costs. A significant portion of the construction work - for the Palisades, Hudson River, and Manhattan tunnels themselves - will be design-build contracts to be competitively bid and awarded to major construction companies. The excavation of the Penn Station Expansion will also be bid to a major prime contractor. Local 147, the "Sandhogs" will be the predominant labor force handling the actual construction of the tunnels.

"Although there will be four main contractors for the tunnels themselves, there will be many opportunities for DBEs to provide critical support services at the subcontracting level, and for the non-tunneling work such as the civil work and the station fit-out" says Mr. Sackel. He suggests certified DBEs monitor the progress of the Tunnel Project and position themselves with potential contractors who need subcontracting work. He advises DBEs to:

"We are now awaiting federal approval of the Final Environmental Impact Statement," noted Mr. Sackel. "Next up will be approval of the final design, and then we will be ready to advertise the initial contracts late in the first quarter of 2009."

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To participate in the ARC Tunnel as a DBE you must become certified as a DBE with one of the following New Jersey certifying agencies: The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, NJ Transit, or New Jersey Department of Transportation. DBE applications and instructions may be obtained from the U.S. Department of Transportation's website at

Types of Businesses Needed for ARC Tunnel Project

Types of companies needed:

  • heavy civil engineering construction
  • demolition contractors
  • utility system construction
  • water and sewer line and related structures construction
  • power and communication lines and related structures construction
  • highway, street, and bridge construction
  • foundation, structure, and building exterior construction
  • poured concrete foundation and structure contractors
  • structural steel and pre-cast concrete contractors
  • masonry contractors
  • glass and glazing contractors
  • roofing contractors
  • building equipment contractors
  • electrical contractors and suppliers
  • rebar (tunnel concrete)
  • plumbing, heating, and air conditioning contractors
  • building finishing contractors
  • tile and terrazzo contractors
  • finish carpentry contractors
  • site preparation contractors

Type of job contracts:

  • demolition (clearing and grubbing)
  • trucking (excavation, backfill, access road, ballast, gravel roads)
  • trucking
  • tunnel subcontract opportunities
  • site fencing
  • utility relocation
  • dewatering and water treatment
  • ground freezing
  • slurry walls
  • administrative and engineering services
  • rock drilling tools
  • explosives
  • ground support (rock bolts, wire mesh, shotcrete, steel ribs)
  • embankments, retaining walls
  • tunnel lining (cast-in place concrete, precast concrete segments)

Staying Abreast of ARC Tunnel Project

Certified DBEs can take advantage of numerous outreach efforts to assist them in obtaining job opportunities for the $8.7 billion Access to the Region's Core (ARC)/Trans-Hudson Express Tunnel Project (THE Tunnel Project). The Port Authority's commitment includes:

  • notifying DBE firms of certification, technical assistance, and supportive services to participate on the Tunnel Project;
  • identifying specific DBEs that are certified to provide requested services or products;
  • delivering project-specific information by e-mail, fax, or mail to inform certified DBEs of contract opportunities;
  • attending non-Tunnel Project networking, matchmaking, and training seminars and other forums to promote the Tunnel Project and inform DBEs of potential contracting opportunities;
  • providing DBE outreach contractors' conferences as Tunnel Project information forums;
  • presenting information at community meetings;
  • maintaining the Tunnel Project Web site;
  • deploying the Tunnel Project Comprehensive Media Strategy, which includes utilizing television, radio, and Internet advertisements; and
  • contacting associations and organizations representing contractors in proposed work categories to leverage outreach efforts;

Community outreach efforts are conducted to maintain strict adherence to Equal Employment Opportunity Executive Order 11246 and Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 49, Part 26, Participation by DBEs in Department of Transportation Financial Assistance Programs.

2009 DBE Outreach Conference Schedule

Throughout 2008, NJ Transit offered a seven-part DBE Capacity Building Seminar series for companies in New Jersey. The PA held its first in September 2008 for New York firms. In 2009, we will be hosting more. The goals of these seminars are to inform DBEs about potential building opportunities and to equip them with information to enhance their capacity to perform work on the Tunnel Project. Topics in 2008 included, among others, "DBE Application Overview and Certification Assistance, THE Tunnel Project's Manhattan Tunnel/Overview of Requirements," "Business Resources for Building Financial Capacity," "Overview of Reinforcing Steel, Concrete and Trucking Requirements and DBE Eligibility standards." We also will be holding a Contractors Conference in the upcoming months.

The Port Authority will host its first 2009 DBE Capacity Building Seminar in New York on Februry 18, 2009 from 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM. This seminar, entitled "Building Your Capacity Through Bonding Resources," assists participants with identifying requirements and resources for obtaining bonding. Updates will be provided for Access to the Region's Core: THE Tunnel Project. If you would like to attend this free DBE seminar, you must register by calling 973.491.8070. Space is limited so register today!

Event Schedule

Event Date
DBE Capacity Building Seminar - Bonding - FREE -
8:30 am - 1:00 at One Madison Avenue, Manhattan.
Contractor's Clearinghouse - Regional Alliance
for Small Contractors
4th Annual Competitive Purchases " Avenues of
Opportunity for Small Businesses" -
Brookdale Community College

Classes Date
Spring OSHA - 10- Hour Training 2/26/09 & 2/27/09
Understanding Change Orders & Their Impact 3/20/09
Construction Management Certificate Course 3/21/09, 3/28/09, 4/4/09, & 4/11/09
Winning Government Contracts
Through Effective Proposals
Blueprint Reading and Construction Drawings 5/4/09 & 5/6/09
Primavera Project Management 5/7/09 & 5/8/09

DBE Profile: JCMS, Inc.: Networking is Vital to Business Success

A business may manufacture an exemplary product or demonstrate a record of excellent service, but networking is key to operating successfully, says Umesh Jois, president of Jois Construction Management System (JCMS), Inc., a Port Authority-certified M/S/DBE.

"You must be visible to those with whom you want to do business," says Mr. Jois, who founded JCMS in 1985. "Get out there and attend every outreach event you can. Your potential clients need to feel comfortable with you. I remember what a guest speaker once said at a dinner I attended: ‘You need to develop a relationship before you go out on a date.' As a small business, it's critical for companies like ours to foster relationships."

JCMS - with locations in Mercerville and Newark, N.J., Washington D.C., and New York City - has held professional service contracts with the Port Authority since 1996. The company, whose slogan is "Project Management at its Best," provides the following quality work products and expert recommendations to clients in the United States and Canada:

  • construction management
  • quality control/project monitoring
  • project control
  • CPM scheduling
  • construction cost estimating
  • construction claims
  • project management training
  • contract personnel and engineers

Since 1996, JCMS has worked with the Port Authority on numerous successful projects, including extensive work on renovations and modernizations to Newark Liberty International's Terminals B and C, access ramps, roadways to and from the airport, and parking lot improvements. The company has worked for six years at the Port Authority's corporate Newark office, providing high-level project control, long-range planning, and document control. JCMS has provided mechanical/construction engineer services to LaGuardia and inspection services to Newark Liberty International airports. JCMS is currently involved in performing resource planning and scheduling on the PATH system's capital projects spanning the next five years.

For the past two years, JCMS has been providing design services, document control services, project control, and scheduling for the Access to the Region's Core (ARC) / Trans-Hudson Express (THE) Tunnel project. Once construction starts later this year, the company will be performing tunnel inspections, an area in which JCMS has significant expertise.

"There are many opportunities for SBEs and DBEs at the Tunnel Project," says Mr. Jois. "I advise businesses to attend every pre-proposal meeting so that people get to know who you are and what your business can provide."

Not DBE-Certified Yet?

Don't miss out on important business opportunities in 2009. To make it easier, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, NJ Transit Corporation and the New Jersey Department of Transportation entered into a reciprocal agreement to create the New Jersey Unified Certification Program (NJUCP). Once DBE certified with one of the three partners, your company profile will be automatically entered into the NJ UCP website directory. Firms in this database are eligible to participate as a DBE on THE Tunnel Project and all other New Jersey projects where funding is received by the USDOT.

The Port Authority has also entered into a similar reciprocal agreement with New York DBE partners: the New York State Department of Transportation, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority. The New York State Unified Certification Program directory can be accessed at

DBE applications and instructions may be obtained from the U.S. Department of Transportation's website.

If you hold a current Minority Business Enterprise or Women-Owned Business Enterprise certification with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey your DBE certification may be streamlined. For information contact our Certification Unit.

We offer numerous outreach seminars, business-building programs, and financial resources, so get your application ready today.

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