Title VI: Implementing a Transit Equity Program

This paper explores the compliance requirements of transit agencies relative to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which directs the equitable distribution of federal resources without regard to race or national orientation. In particular, the paper focuses on work that has been completed on Title VI compliance for the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), which was found to be in noncompliance of Title VI after its last FTA triennial review audit. This paper explores the areas of noncompliance, the potential ramifications of being noncompliant the efforts to undertaken by the MTA to overhaul their transit equity program as a national model, and the processes being implemented to ensure future compliance with Title VI requirements. A special focus of the presentation will be on proposed methodologies for ensuring equity in the provision of service throughout the MTA service area. In addition, the paper explores compliance approaches in other transit agencies such as Tri-Met in Portland and the CTA in Chicago to discuss their Title VI programs and how compliance is assured through their differing program styles, agency size, and agency structure. Topics explored will include possible transit inequities among different minority populations, the requirements of limited English proficiency programs, service planning issues, and the emergence of a comprehensive and holistic approach to transit equity. The requirement of Title VI impacts not only the implementation of transit service and possible modifications, but also land use, zoning, community outreach, and economic development. This presentation will also allow for the opportunity for participants to discuss Title VI, methodologies for required compliance efforts (especially with respect to service provision), transit equity, and public outreach efforts.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: CD-ROM
  • Pagination: 3p
  • Monograph Title: Bus and Paratransit Conference and International Bus Roadeo, 2007

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01051650
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 1931594252
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 16 2007 10:53AM