Transportation Equity

Title VI Plan
The Central Lane Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has prepared a nondiscrimination policy and procedures, also referred to as the Title VI Plan, which addresses how the MPO is integrating nondiscriminatory practices in its transportation planning, public participation, and decision making.

Title VI is a short way to refer to requirements of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other legislation that direct the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people - regardless of race, color, national origin, disability, age, gender, or income status - in programs and activities receiving federal funding, including for transportation issues. The information below explains Title VI in more detail.

The Central Lane MPO is a forum for cooperative transportation decision making for the Eugene-Springfield metropolitan area and Coburg.

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Title VI
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other federal nondiscrimination statutes prohibit discrimination based on race, color, national origin, disability, age, gender, or income status in the provisions of benefits and services of programs and activities receiving federal funding. One of the key purposes of Title VI is to ensure that public funds are not spent in a way that encourages, subsidizes, or results in discrimination.

Requirements
The regulations require:

  • A proactive approach to eliminating discrimination
  • The execution of Title VI Assurances as a condition of federal money, which commits the local agency to complying with all Title VI provisions
  • An identified Title VI liaison within the agency
  • A complaint procedure accessible to all parties involved in a project
Intent
The intent is to eliminate barriers and conditions that prevent groups and persons from receiving access, participation and benefits from federally assisted programs, services and activities as a result of their:
  • Age
  • Color
  • Disability
  • Gender
  • Income status
  • National origin
  • Race
Environmental Justice
Environmental Justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people - regardless of race, ethnicity, income or education level - in environmental decision making, including for transportation issues. Further, environmental justice ensures that no population is forced to shoulder a disproportionate burden of the negative human health and environmental impacts of pollution or other environmental hazards.

Title VI Program Objectives
The Central Lane MPO is committed to preventing discrimination and to fostering a just and equitable society and recognizes the key role that transportation services provide to the community. The Central Lane MPO establishes the following basic principles to serve as overall objectives in implementing its Title VI program:
  • Make transportation decisions that strive to meet the needs of all people.
  • Enhance the public-involvement process to reach all segments of the population and ensure that all groups have a voice in the transportation planning process, regardless of:
    • Age
    • Color
    • Disability
    • Gender
    • Income status
    • National origin
    • Race
  • Provide the community with opportunities to learn about and improve the quality and usefulness of transportation in their lives.
  • Improve data collection, monitoring, and analysis tools that assess the needs of, and analyze the potential impacts of transportation plans and programs on Title VI protected populations.
  • Avoid disproportionately high and adverse impacts on Title VI protected populations.
  • Comply with the requirements of Title VI and accompanying rules and orders.
Central Lane MPO Commitment
The Central Lane MPO assures that no person shall on the grounds of race, color, national origin, disability, age, gender, or income status be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity. The MPO further assures every effort will be made to ensure nondiscrimination in all of its programs activities, whether those programs and activities are federally funded or not.

Title VI Complaint Procedures
Any person who feels that he or she has been excluded from participation in, denied benefits of, or been subjected to discrimination in any of Central Lane MPO’s programs, services, or activities, on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age, gender, or income status has the right to file a complaint.

Complaint Contact
Complaints shall be directed to:
Paul Thompson
Program Manager
Email
Central Lane Metropolitan Planning Organization
859 Willamette
Suite 500
Eugene, OR 97401
Ph: 541-682-4405

Any person who would like to file a complaint should follow the procedure described in this document. Please use the following Title VI Complaint Form:
More Information
For information on the MPOs Title VI Plan, procedures, or related issues, contact Paul Thompson by email or at 541-682-4405.

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La Central Metropolitana de Lane Organización de Planificación asegura completa implementación del Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, que prohibe la discriminación por motivo de raza, color de piel, origen nacional edad, género, discapacidad o estado de ingresos, en la provisión de beneficios y servicios que sean resultado de programas y actividades que reciban asistencia financiera federal. Para preguntas referentes al Título VI, favor de ponerse en contacto:

Paul Thompson
Correo Electrónico
Tl: 541-682-4405