Civil Rights & Accessibility

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FTA's mission includes ensuring non-discriminatory, equitable, accessible and safe public transportation, enhancing the social and economic quality of life for people with disabilities.

FTA’s enabling legislation includes the non-discriminatory use of Federal funds by recipients of FTA assistance, including their sub-recipients and contractors. FTA ensures non-discrimination through oversight of grantee implementation of required civil rights regulations and policy. Compliance reviews and assessments are conducted to determine if the grantee’s required efforts under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, (including aspects of Environmental Justice), Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) program, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) requirements are in compliance as represented to the FTA.

On these pages, you will find information pertaining to the four program areas administered by FTA’s Office of Civil Rights.

  • ARRA and Civil Rights  Contact FTA for civil rights-related ARRA inquiries  The toll-free free hotline is 866-525-5561.  Within the DC metropolitan area, the number is 202-366-7107.  FTA has also established an e-mail address FTA.ARRACivilRightsreq@dot.gov for civil rights-related ARRA inquiries.
  • FTA Civil Rights Workshops
  • New item FTA TEAM and PDF INSTRUCTIONS (MS Word) FTA is going Green.  FTA has established a policy that all civil rights programs must be submitted to FTA's Transportation Electronic Award and Management (TEAM) system.  Instructions on uploading your civil rights programs and/or splitting them into appropiately sized PDFs are included in the link.