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."
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 upadated 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.
2014 Title VI Goals and Accomplishments Report [PDF; 705 KB ]
Difference Between Environmental Justice and Title VI [PDF; 61 KB ]
Questions? Contact our Title VI Coordinator, Shayna Sylvia at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at 603-994-3500.
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