The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) on how it can update Title VI guidance addressing civil rights rules for transit; the deadline is Jan. 3, 2022.
FTA on Dec. 3 reported that it is seeking input on ways to help transit agencies:
- “Strengthen the role of public participation in planning decisions.
- “Better evaluate the impact of service and fare changes on riders and affected communities.
- “Ensure equitable implementation of rider conduct policies.”
According to the RFI, published last month in the Federal Register (download below), FTA “is considering amending Circular 4702.1B, Title VI Requirements and Guidelines for Federal Transit Administration Recipients (Title VI Circular) to incorporate lessons learned since its issuance on October 1, 2012. The Title VI Circular provides guidance and instructions to FTA recipients of Federal financial assistance on how to comply with requirements under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the DOT Title VI regulations at 49 CFR part 21, which prohibit discrimination based on race, color, or national origin in federally funded programs.”
In addition to transit agencies and transit industry organizations, FTA is encouraging “riders, advocacy groups and stakeholders, particularly from underserved communities” to provide feedback.
“When it comes to transit, we cannot leave anyone behind,” FTA Administrator Nuria Fernandez said. “Learning from community members allows us to ensure that all voices are heard, address civil rights challenges, and ensure equitable treatment through the implementation of Title VI.”