Fairfax Connector: Title VI


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View a draft of the proposed policies.

Public Comment Period: February 28 - March 30, 2014

Overview

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 requires that the Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) operates programs and services without regard to race, color, or national origin. Federal Transit Administration Circular 4702.1B, "Title VI Requirements and Guidelines for Federal Transit Administration Recipients," requires FCDOT develop three policies that create statistical thresholds that will be used to analyze bus route changes and fare changes for discriminatory impacts. These policies are the major service change policy, disparate impact policy, and disproportionate burden policy.

Each time a service change (a change in a bus route or schedule) is proposed, FCDOT must assess whether the proposed change meets the threshold set out for defining a major service change. If a proposed change meets the threshold, then an analysis to determine whether or not the change is adversely affecting minority populations in a disparate manner and low-income populations in a disproportionate manner will be undertaken. Every time Fairfax Connector fares change an analysis will determine if the fare change will affect minority populations in a disparate manner and low-income populations in a disproportionate manner. If an analysis demonstrates that a change in bus service or a fare change results in a disparate impact to a minority population, FCDOT is required to avoid, minimize or mitigate the impact, and can only implement the service or fare change if there is substantial legitimate justification for the change AND there are no alternatives that would have less of an impact on the County's minority communities. If an analysis demonstrates that a change in bus service or a fare change results in a disproportionate burden to a low-income population, FCDOT is required to avoid, minimize, or mitigate the impact on the county's low-income communities where practical and describe alternatives available.

Public Input

To aid in the development of the major service change, disparate impact, and disproportionate burden policies, FCDOT is conducting a 30-day public comment period from February 28 - March 30, 2014.

Comments are being solicited directly from representatives who work with Title VI protected populations and the general public. FCDOT will hold two focus groups with a broad range of community-based organizations serving Title VI protected populations to ensure that participation is both meaningful and inclusive. Comments from the general public will be accepted via email and mail, and solicited via the Fairfax Connector website, ConnectorInfo Listserv, and social media accounts.

View a draft of the proposed policies.

Following the conclusion of the public comment period, staff will analyze all public comments received and revise the proposed policies as appropriate. The policies will subsequently be submitted to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors for approval.

Submit email comments to: fairfaxconnector@fairfaxcounty.gov. Please include "Title VI" in the subject line.

Or mail comments via the United States Postal Service to:

Fairfax County Department of Transportation
ATTN: Title VI
4050 Legato Road, 4th Floor
Fairfax, Virginia, 22033


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