Effective May 13, 2007, the Federal Transit Administration updated their Title VI Civil Rights program guidance for the first time in nine (9) years. This new guidance increased the Civil Rights requirements for State DOTs administering FTA funded transit programs, including the requirement to develop and submit a compliant Title VI Civil Rights Program document.
The states need information on the best practices for State DOT’s to assist with developing Title VI Civil Rights Program plan consistent with the Title VI update.
The objectives of this research are to identify and document best practices for the following components of a Title VI Civil Rights program document:
· Procedures used to certify that the statewide transportation planning process complies with Title VI,
· Procedures the State DOT uses to pass-through FTA financial assistance in a non-discriminatory manner,
· Procedures the State DOT uses to provide assistance to potential sub-recipients applying for funding in a non-discriminatory manner,
· Procedures the State DOT uses to monitor it sub-recipients for compliance with Title VI,
· Procedures for filing Title VI civil rights complaints with State DOTs,
· Plan for providing access to meaningful activities and programs for persons with limited English proficiency,
· Notices issued by State DOT’s to beneficiaries of their rights under Title VI, and
· Steps taken with public outreach and involvement activities to ensure that minority persons have meaningful access to State DOT activities.
Status: The research has been completed and is published as NCHRP Research Results Digest 340 and as NCHRP Web-Only Document 147.