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Nondiscrimination in Transportation Planning

Bikes in front of a DART busThe Transportation Department of the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) serves as the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Dallas-Fort Worth region. This designation makes NCTCOG responsible for ensuring that transportation programs in this region address the effects of all plans, programs, and policies on “disadvantaged populations” through a more comprehensive and inclusive approach during the transportation planning process. In this effect, "environmental justice" is advocated based on Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

NCTCOG Title VI Program
2016 Update - Under Review by the Federal Transit Administration
Approved by the Regional Transportation Council on May 12, 2016
Approved by the NCTCOG Executive Board on May 26, 2016
2013 Update
Approved by the Regional Transportation Council on May 9, 2013
Approved by the NCTCOG Executive Board on May 23, 2013

Title VI Notice to the Public
Aviso al Público de Título VI

Title VI Complaint Form
Formulario de denuncia par discriminación

Fair Treatment and Meaningful Involvement in Transportation Planning Brochure

 

Legislative Directives

Nondiscrimination: Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and related statutes provide that no person in the United States shall, on the grounds of race, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, or religion be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.

The Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987 clarified the intent of Title VI by expanding the definition of the term “programs or activities” to include all programs or activities of Federal Aid recipients, sub-recipients, and contractors, whether such programs and activities are federally assisted or not.

Environmental Justice: Executive Order 12898 requires agencies receiving federal funding to meaningfully address low-income and minority populations in their plans, programs, policies, and activities. Agencies must identify and mitigate any disproportionately high and adverse effects of federal programs.

NCTCOG Nondiscrimination Efforts

Metropolitan Transportation Plan
The policy, program, and project recommendations contained in Mobility 2040 are intended to improve mobility, access, and air quality, as well as to enhance the quality of life throughout the communities in the region. To this end, an Environmental Justice and Title VI Analysis is required to ensure that no person is excluded from participation in, denied benefits of, or discriminated against in planning efforts, including the development of the Metropolitan Transportation Plan.

Metropolitan Transportation Plan Home
Social Considerations Chapter
Regional Tolling Analysis (January 2014)

Transportation Improvement Programs
Within metropolitan areas across the country, regional transportation projects are tracked through Transportation Improvement Programs (TIP). This document is a staged, multiyear program of projects approved for funding by federal, state, and local sources within the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Every two to three years, NCTCOG, in cooperation with the Texas Department of Transportation, local governments, and transportation agencies, develops a new TIP. Nondiscrimination principles are applied during project selection for the TIP.

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Congestion Management Process
The Congestion Management Process (CMP) provides for the effective management of new and existing transportation facilities through development and implementation of operational and travel demand management strategies, and by providing information to decision makers on system performance and the effectiveness of implemented strategies. The location of environmental justice populations is considered in the evaluation of several congestion management strategies and is often included as a criterion for project eligibility and selection.

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Unified Planning Work Program
The Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) is developed biennially and serves as a guide for transportation and air quality planning activities to be conducted over the course of specified fiscal years. During the development of the UPWP, regional partners submit projects for consideration in the document. Nondiscrimination principles are applied during the development of each biennial UPWP.

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Other Efforts

Public Participation
NCTCOG is committed to incorporating environmental justice elements and Title VI considerations into its Public Participation Plan. During the public participation process, populations that have been traditionally under served by existing transportation systems including, but not limited to, low-income and minority households, are sought out and their needs considered. The Public Participation Plan includes a Language Assistance Plan outlining strategies for providing access to those with a limited ability to speak, read, write, or understand English.

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Public Meetings Information

 

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program
NCTCOG has a policy to award a fair share of contract opportunities to disadvantaged and historically under utilized business enterprises. The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program sets a goal for contracting opportunities funded through the U.S. Department of Transportation. The current overall DBE participation goal is 25 percent.

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Resolutions and Compliance Determination
Title VI Program Approval
      - NCTCOG Executive Board (2013)
      - Regional Transportation Council (2013)
Title VI Compliance Reviews
     - Texas Department of Transportation (2013)
     - Federal Transit Administration (2014)

NCTCOG Title VI Presentations

Additional Environmental Justice Legislation and Guidance

Staff Contacts
Kate Zielke, Title VI Liaison, Senior Transportation Planner (817) 608-2395

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