The Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) complies fully with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes and regulations in all programs and activities.
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 states, "No person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance." Subsequent laws and Presidential Executive Orders added handicap, sex, age, or income status to the criteria for which discrimination is prohibited. The Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) Title VI Plan was developed to ensure the HRTPO is in compliance with nondiscrimination requirements as outlined in Title 23 CFR and 49 CFR and related laws and provides specific information on how to file a nondiscrimination complaint.
This Plan also provides an overview of Environmental Justice and Limited English Proficiency (LEP) concepts, definitions of Title VI and associated nondiscrimination acts, and how Title VI, Environmental Justice and LEP are incorporated into the metropolitan transportation planning process. Environmental Justice guidelines and outreach strategies for minority, low-income, and LEP populations are included within the HRTPO Public Participation Plan, updated in the fall of 2012.
A Limited English Proficient person is one who does not speak English as their primary language and who has a limited ability to read, speak, write, or understand English. The Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Plan is part of a comprehensive effort to provide language assistance for LEP persons seeking meaningful access to HRTPO plans, programs, and activities as required by Executive Order 13166. The plan details procedures on how to identify a person who may need language assistance, the ways in which assistance may be provided, and guidelines to notify LEP persons that assistance is available. In developing this LEP Plan, the HRTPO staff conducted a U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Four-Factor LEP analysis, which considers the following:
- The number or proportion of LEP persons eligible to be served or likely to be encountered by HRTPO programs, activities, or services;
- The frequency with which LEP individuals come in contact with HRTPO programs, activities, or services;
- The nature and importance of the program, activity or service provided by the HRTPO to the LEP population; and
- The resources available to the HRTPO and overall cost to provide LEP assistance.
For more information about this plan, please contact the HRTPO Public Involvement and Title VI Administrator at (757) 420-8300 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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