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Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

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FTA is soliciting input on potential changes to the Title VI Circular through a Request for Information in the Federal Register. The Circular provides guidance and instructions to FTA funding recipients, including transit agencies, metropolitan planning organizations, and state departments of transportation, on how to comply with requirements under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the DOT Title VI regulations at 49 CFR part 21, which prohibit discrimination based on race, color, or national origin in federally funded programs, including public transportation.

Please provide your thoughts about effective practices, data, or recommendations related to the following:

  • public participation
  • service and fare equity analyses
  • facility equity analyses 
  • implementation of rider conduct policies
  • additional technical resources regarding disparate impact
  • feedback on FTA's Title VI Circular in general 

Collecting feedback from transit riders and advocates, as well as organizations and agencies that design, build, maintain, and operate transit, will help FTA update the Title VI Circular to enhance clarity and advance equity. 

The RFI is open until Monday, January 3, 2022.


Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects people from discrimination based on race, color, and national origin in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance. The Federal Transit Administration works to ensure nondiscriminatory transportation in support of our mission to enhance the social and economic quality of life for all Americans. The FTA Office of Civil Rights is responsible for monitoring FTA recipients’ Title VI programs and ensuring their compliance with Title VI requirements.

Title VI Circular

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