Recipients of federal transportation funds for planning and other activities are required to comply with the provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. Section 2000d). DOT guidance on the responsibilities to specific populations states that “Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. 2000d, et seq., and its implementing regulations provide that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin under any program or activity that receives Federal financial assistance.”
The Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) guidance on Title VI responsibilities has as its objectives to:
a. Ensure that the level and quality of transportation service is provided without regard to race, color, or national origin;
b. Identify and address, as appropriate, disproportionately high and adverse human health and environmental effects, including social and economic effects of programs and activities on minority populations and low-income populations;
c. Promote the full and fair participation of all affected populations in transportation decision making;
d. Prevent the denial, reduction, or delay in benefits related to programs and activities that benefit minority populations or low-income populations;
e. Ensure meaningful access to programs and activities by persons with limited English proficiency. These FTA objectives serve as a good basis for a recipient of any federal transportation funds to adopt as the goals of its own program. In order to assure adequate outreach to affected populations, then we must first understand where concentrations of these populations reside within our Region. We have developed this atlas, a series of maps showing concentrations of minority, low-income, no car households, and persons with limited English proficiency, for that purpose.
This equity assessment is prepared in accordance with CRCOG’s Environmental Justice Policy. The assessment of the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is just one of several different assessments that CRCOG conducts to determine whether minority and low-income communities are receiving a fair share of funding and/or benefits from our transportation programs.
As a recipient of federal funding, CRCOG is required to meet guidelines addressing public outreach and engagement requirements among low-income, minority, limited English proficient (LEP), disability, and Title VI populations. In general these groups are typically underserved and underrepresented in the transportation decision-making process. CRCOG values the diversity within the Region and works to ensure that all individuals have access to information and opportunities to participate in the transportation decision-making process. Please see Section 4 of CRCOG’s Public Participation Plan for more information on how CRCOG seeks to actively engage typically underserved populations.