Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act provides that no person in the United States shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance (refer to 23 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 200.9 and 49 CFR Part 21 ).
As stated in the Strafford Metropolitan Planning Organization 2011-2035 Transportation Plan, the Strafford Metropolitan Planning Organization encourages the public to participate in the transportation planning process through a variety of public participation techniques. The role of the Metropolitan Planning Organization is to provide information to the public and to facilitate active participation in the transportation decision-making process. Through discussions with the public, planners can get a better sense of the ideal location for a transportation project or where the public would like to see public transportation, bike shoulders, and sidewalks.
Per CFR 450 Part 322 (c), "There must be adequate opportunity for public official (including elected officials) and citizen involvement in the development of the transportation plan before it is approved by the MPO, in accordance with the requirements of §450.316(b)(1). Such procedures shall include opportunities for interested parties (including citizens, affected public agencies, representatives of transportation agency employees, and private providers of transportation) to be involved in the early stages of the plan development/update process. The procedures shall include publication of the proposed plan or other methods to make it readily available for public review and comment and, in nonattainment TMAs, an opportunity for at least one formal public meeting annually to review planning assumptions and the plan development process with interested parties and the general public. The procedures also shall include publication of the approved plan or other methods to make it readily available for information purposes.
The mission of Strafford MPO's Title VI program is to implement compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to ensure that no person is excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Transportation. We will provide leadership and guidance to promote and engage the participation of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age disability and socioeconomic status.
View the current Title VI Program here.
Each year the Title VI Coordinator submits a report to NHDOT's Chief of Labor Compliance. This report includes Strafford MPO's goals related to the Title VI Program, objectives for meeting those goals in the past fiscal year, whether those objectives were attained, and objectives for the next fiscal year.
View the reports:
The Strafford Regional Planning Commission hereby gives public notice of its policy to uphold and assure full compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, and related statutes and regulations in all programs and activities. Title VI and related statutes require that no person in the United States of America shall, on the grounds of race, color, national origin, or sex be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program receiving Federal assistance.
Any person who believes they have been aggrieved by an unlawful discriminatory practice regarding the Strafford Regional Planning Commission transportation programs has a right to file a formal complaint with the Planning Commission. Any such complaint must be in writing and submitted to the SMPO Title VI Coordinator within one hundred eighty (180) days following the date of the alleged occurrence.
These procedures do not deny the right of the complainant to file formal complaints with other State or Federal agencies or to seek private counsel for complaints alleging discrimination. Every effort will be made to obtain early resolution of complaints at the lowest level possible. The option of informal mediation meeting(s) between the affected parties and the NH DOT may be utilized for resolution. Any individual, group of individuals or entity that believes they have been subjected to discrimination prohibited under Title VI and related statues may file a written complaint to the following address:
Title VI Coordinator
Strafford Regional Planning Commission
150 Wakefield Street~ Suite 12
Rochester, NH 03867
TDD/TTY Access: (800) 735-2964
The Strafford MPO Complaint Form can be found here*(*see page 5).
Environmental Justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. On April 15, 1997, US DOT issued its Final Order to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low Income Populations. Among other provisions, the Order requires programming and planning activities to:
In writing the Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan for Southeast NH Region, transportation and economic statistics were updated to determine where the most need exists for additional transit services in the future. Maps were created from this data survey and included in the final Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan that was adopted by the SMPO's Policy Committee on March, 16, 2012. ACT's full committee reviewed this plan in 2012 during the public comment period.
2018 Title VI Goals and Accomplishments Report [PDF 10/26/2018]
2017 Title VI Goals and Accomplishments Report [PDF 10/26/2017]
2014 Title VI Goals and Accomplishments Report [PDF; 705 KB ]
Difference Between Environmental Justice and Title VI [PDF; 61 KB ]
View Strafford MPO's Standard Title VI/Non-Discrimination Assurances here.
Questions? Contact our Title VI Coordinator, Shayna Sylvia at email@example.com, or at 603-994-3500.
Strafford Regional Planning Commission
150 Wakefield Street, Suite 12
Rochester, New Hampshire 03867
Tel: (603) 994-3500 Fax: (603)994-3504