Civil Rights — Title VI

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The Boston Region MPO complies with all federal and Massachusetts civil rights laws and policies.

Notice of Nondiscrimination Rights and Protections to Beneficiaries

Federal Title VI/Nondiscrimination Protections

The Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) operates its programs, services, and activities in compliance with federal nondiscrimination laws including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, and related statutes and regulations. Title VI prohibits discrimination in federally assisted programs and requires that no person in the United States of America shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin (including limited English proficiency), be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity that receives federal assistance. Related federal nondiscrimination laws administrated by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), or both, prohibit discrimination on the basis of age, sex, and disability. The Boston Region MPO considers these protected populations in its Title VI Programs, consistent with federal interpretation and administration. In addition, the Boston Region MPO provides meaningful access to its programs, services, and activities to individuals with limited English proficiency, in compliance with U.S. Department of Transportation policy and guidance on federal Executive Order 13166.

State Nondiscrimination Protections

The Boston Region MPO also complies with the Massachusetts Public Accommodation Law, M.G.L. c 272 §§ 92a, 98, 98a, which prohibits making any distinction, discrimination, or restriction in admission to, or treatment in a place of public accommodation based on race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, or ancestry. Likewise, the Boston Region MPO complies with the Governor's Executive Order 526, section 4, which requires that all programs, activities, and services provided, performed, licensed, chartered, funded, regulated, or contracted for by the state shall be conducted without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, disability, veteran's status (including Vietnam-era veterans), or background.

Translations of the Notice of Nondiscrimination Rights and Protections to Beneficiaries

  • 反歧视人权与保护受益人的通知 (pdf) (html)
  • 反歧視人權與保護受益人的通知 (pdf) (html)
  • Deklarasyon sou Dwa kont Diskriminasyon ak Pwoteksyon Benefisyè (pdf) (html)
  • Aviso de Direitos de Não Discriminação e Proteções aos Beneficiários (pdf) (html)
  • Уведомление о недискриминации прав и гарантий для бенефициариев (pdf) (html)
  • Aviso sobre derechos y protecciones contra la discriminación para beneficiaries (pdf) (html)
  • Thông báo về quyền không bị phân biệt đối xử và quyền được bảo vệ đối với người thụ hưởng (pdf) (html)

If you need this information in another language, please contact the Boston Region MPO’s Title VI Specialist
at 857.702.3700.

Programs to Support Civil Rights

The MPO administers several programs to ensure that protected populations have equal access to the benefits of, and participation in, the MPO’s transportation-planning process, free from discrimination.

MPO Title VI Program: Develops strategies, actions, and analyses needed to comply with FTA Title VI and FHWA Title VI/nondiscrimination requirements. The MPO reports its actions to comply with FTA requirements every three years; while FHWA requires compliance updates annually. The most recent triennial report can be found here.

Transportation Equity Program: Identifies the transportation needs of protected populations through outreach and data collection, ensures that these needs are considered in the MPO’s activities, and evaluates the extent to which the MPO meets the needs of these protected populations.

Public Participation Program: Provides avenues through which all residents, including protected populations, can participate in the MPO’s transportation-planning and decision-making process.

Complaint Filing

Complaints filed under a federal law or policy (on the basis of race, color, national origin, language, gender, age, disability, or income) must be filed no later than 180 calendar days after the date the person believes the discrimination occurred. Complaints filed under a Massachusetts Public Accommodation Law (on the basis of race, color, age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, disability, veteran's status, or background) must be filed no later than 300 calendar days after the date the person believes the discrimination occurred. The full complaint procedures are described in the document below:

Access to MPO-sponsored Meetings

Locations for all MPO-sponsored meetings are accessible to people with disabilities and are near public transportation. Upon request (two weeks in advance), every effort will be made to provide accommodations such as assistive-listening devices, materials in accessible formats and in languages other than English, and interpreters in American Sign Language and non-English languages. Please contact MPO staff at 857.702.3700 (voice), 617.570.9193 (TTY), 617.570.9192 (fax), or eharvey@ctps.org.

For Additional Information

To request additional information regarding Title VI and related federal and state nondiscrimination obligations, please contact:

Title VI Specialist 10 Park Plaza, Suite 2150 Boston, MA 02116 857.702.3700 TTY: 617.570.9193 eharvey@ctps.org