Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
New Guidance on Title VI Civil Rights Requirements
FTA issued new guidance, effective October 1, 2012, to help recipients of FTA grant funding better understand and comply with federal civil rights requirements. The new guidance, in the form of a revised circular, helps our funding recipients to comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which protects people from discrimination based on race, color or national origin in programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance. One of the most significant changes to the revised Title VI circular was the removal of several references to Environmental Justice that will help transit agencies better understand the important distinctions between Title VI and Environmental Justice.
The revised Title VI circular provides guidance to FTA funding recipients on how to comply with DOT’s Title VI regulations, which require careful evaluation of the impact of proposed service and fare changes on minority riders, and the provision of language access to persons with limited English proficiency.