Financial assistance

FTA seeking advice on Title VI


Written by

Marybeth Luczak, Editor-in-Chief

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) on how it can update Title VI guidelines regarding civil rights rules for transit; the deadline is January 3, 2022.

ALE on Dec. 3, said he was seeking feedback on ways to help transit agencies:

  • “Strengthen the role of public participation in planning decisions.
  • “Better assess the impact of service and price changes on users and affected communities.
  • “Ensure equitable implementation of biker driving policies. “

According to the RFI, published last month in the Federal Register (download below), the FTA “is considering amending Circular 4702.1B, Title VI Requirements and Guidelines for Federal Transit Administration Recipients (Circular Title VI) to incorporate lessons learned since its publication on October 1, 2012. The Title VI circular provides guidance and instructions to recipients of federal financial assistance from the FTA on how to comply with the requirements of the FTA. Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the DOT Regulations Title VI to 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, the FTA encourages “users, advocacy groups and stakeholders, especially underserved communities” to provide feedback.

Administrator of the FTA Nuria Fernandez

“When it comes to transit, we can’t leave anyone behind,” said FTA administrator Nuria Fernandez. “Learning from community members enables us to ensure that all voices are heard, address civil rights challenges and ensure fair treatment through the implementation of Title VI. ”