PUBLIC NOTICE – DRAFT TITLE VI – ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE PLAN

The CMCOG-COATS MPO provides a framework for targeted efforts to identify, seek out and engage environmental justice populations (minority and low-incomer persons) as well as others who are traditionally underserved by the transportation system (those with limited English proficiency, seniors, and persons with disabilities).

The foundation for these efforts is stated in Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 :

“… No person in the United States shall, on the basis of race, color, or national origin be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program receiving Federal financial assistance …”

Further reinforcement was established by the President’s 1994 Executive Order on Environmental Justice , which states:

“… Each Federal agency shall make achieving environmental justice part of its mission by identifying and addressing, as appropriate, disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects of its programs, policies, and activities on minority populations and low income populations …”

The purpose of the CMCOG-COATS MPO’s Title VI Policy is to ensure that plans, programs, and processes developed by the MPO consider the needs of environmental justice populations and those traditionally underserved by the transportation system, adhering to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The goal is to ensure that federally funded transportation projects in the CMCOG-COATS MPO region do not disproportionately burden these populations, such that they are denied the benefits of the projects. The objectives of the Policy are to:

1. Accurately identify the environmental justice and traditionally underserved populations
residing in the CMCOG-COATS MPO region;
2. Expand the involvement of environmental justice and traditionally underserved
populations in the transportation planning process; and
3. Ensure that the CMCOG-COATS MPO’s governing body is aware of the needs of these
environmental justice and other traditionally underserved populations, and considers
these needs in decisionmaking regarding the MPO’s transportation investment program.

DRAFT TITLE VI – ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE PLAN

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