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The MPO is committed to ensuring that traditionally underserved and underrepresented communities receive a fair share of the regional transportation system’s benefits, and are not subject to undue burdens. The MPO considers the needs and views of these populations as it develops its plans, programs, and projects. As such, transportation equity is an important part of the MPO’s vision, and is reflected in its goals and objectives.

The MPO’s Transportation Equity (TE) program fulfills this vision by ensuring that federally protected populations are not discriminated against in MPO activities, including the programming and planning of transportation projects and studies. The MPO provides outreach opportunities for these populations to participate in its transportation-planning and decision-making processes.

Populations Covered in the TE Program

The MPO complies with federal laws and executive orders (EOs) that provide various protections to certain demographic groups. These laws include Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1973 that prohibits discrimination based on sex. Two Executive Orders further require consideration of the needs of low-income and limited English proficiency (LEP) populations: EO 12898 “Federal Actions To Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations” and EO 13166 “Improving Access to Services for Persons With Limited English Proficiency.”

To help guide our work, the MPO identifies and maps communities in the region that exceed certain thresholds for the populations that are covered by federal laws and EOs, as well as other populations that it considers traditionally underserved by the transportation system, including the following:

Activities Undertaken in the TE Program

The TE program plays a fundamental role in the MPO’s work, as it supports a number of our core planning activities, including the Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP), and Public Participation Program (PPP), and informs various transportation planning studies undertaken by MPO staff. Specifically, the TE program focuses on the following:

  • Providing TE populations with the opportunity to participate in the MPO’s transportation-planning and decision-making processes
     
  • Ensuring that minority and low-income populations receive a fair share of the MPO’s transportation investments, and are not subject to undue burdens as a result of these investments
     
  • Analyzing the impacts of MPO-funded projects on low-income and minority protected populations
     
  • Considering demographic equity methodically when selecting studies and projects to be funded by the MPO

Title VI Reporting

As a recipient of federal funding from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the MPO monitors its activities to ensure compliance with FTA’s Title VI Program and FHWA’s Title VI/Nondiscrimination Program. The MPO submits a Title VI report every three years that demonstrates compliance with FTA’s Title VI Program. The MPO also submits a report every year that demonstrates compliance with FHWA’s Title VI/Nondiscrimination Program.

Although Title VI protections apply only to minority and LEP populations, the MPO’s Title VI reports also include analyses of the effects of MPO activities on low-income populations—as required by the EJ EO—as well as documentation of efforts to involve other protected populations in the MPO planning process.

2017 Title VI Report

The most recent Title VI report is the Boston Region MPO 2017 Triennial Title VI Report:

Full Document (pdf) (html)

Executive Summary (pdf) (html)

Chapters

  • Chapter One: Background and Purpose (pdf) (html)
  • Chapter Two: General Reporting Requirements (pdf) (html)
  • Chapter Three: Requirements Specific to MPOs (pdf) (html)
  • Chapter Four: Equity and the MPO’s Planning Process (pdf) (html)

Appendices (pdf)

  • Appendix A: MPO Memorandum of Understanding and Advisory Council Bylaws (pdf)
  • Appendix B: Complaint Procedures (pdf)
  • Appendix C: MPO Notice Samples (pdf)
  • Appendix D: Language Assistance Plan (see above) (pdf)
  • Appendix E: Transportation Equity Program Maps (pdf)
  • Appendix F: Long-Range Transportation Plan Disparate Impact/Disproportionate Burden Analysis (pdf)
  • Appendix G: Boston Region MPO Public Participation Plan (pdf)
  • Appendix H: Geographic Distribution of UPWP-Funded Studies, FFYs 2017 and 2018 (pdf)
  • Appendix I: Glossary of Terms (pdf)
  • Appendix J: Public Comments (pdf)

Language Assistance Plan (pdf) (html)

Older Title VI reports can be found here.

Boston Region MPO Transportation Equity Resources

  • Transportation Services Available to the Elderly: The MPO maintains a catalog of transportation services that are available to the elderly in each of the MPO’s 101 communities.
     
  • Performance Dashboard: The MPO’s Performance Dashboard visualizes data on the current state of transportation in the Boston region. It includes demographic data, such as minority population, household income, employment, and disability.

Transportation Equity Survey: If you would like the MPO to be aware of transportation equity issues that you face, please take a moment to tell us about your needs by completing the MPO’s Transportation Equity Survey.

For more information, please contact Betsy Harvey, MPO staff, at 857.702.3701 or eharvey@ctps.org.