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CMMPO Title VI Program

As a subrecipient of federal funds through MassDOT, the CMMPO adheres to the Title VI guidance from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Authority (FTA). Both agencies require that recipients of their financial assistance periodically submit documentation demonstrating compliance with Title VI requirements. The CMMPO Title VI Program serves to document that compliance, aligning with the principles, federal laws, guidelines, and related requirements of Title VI, including the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s (MassDOT) request for Title VI reporting. The CMMPO Title VI Program includes the policies, compliance requirements, processes, procedures, and methodologies the CMMPO relies upon to guarantee an inclusive transportation planning process. The components of the CMMPO Title VI Program are included in more detail in the document below.

Title VI Policy

This statute of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 provides that no person in the United States shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

Public Participation Plan (PPP)

The PPP is adaptable and guides the CMMPO in its public participation efforts in creation of the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP), and various transportation studies.

Language Assistance Plan (LAP)

The CMMPO has developed this LAP to ensure that staff employs appropriate strategies to assess needs for language services, to implement language services that provide meaningful access to the CMMPO’s transportation planning process, and to public information regarding these services without placing undue burdens on the CMMPO’s resources.

Environmental Justice (EJ) Thresholds

EJ is defined as the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. The CMMPO uses the regional thresholds as part of the evaluation of the TIP scoring process, scenario planning, and equity analysis.

Transportation Justice

The Transportation Justice initiative within the CMRPC’s transportation division functions as the umbrella for Title VI activities, EJ, the American with Disabilities Act, language assistance, and public participation.

Non-Discrimination Grievance and Complaint Procedure Policy

The CMRPC Grievance Policy is applicable to all CMRPC employees and non-employees. A non-discrimination grievance can be filed for any of the following concerns: workplace harassment, sexual harassment, health and safety, supervisor behavior, adverse changes in employment conditions, bullying, name-calling, offensive language, or discriminatory practices.

Coordinated Public Transit Human Services Transportation Plan

The Coordinated Public Transit Human Services Transportation Plan identifies the transportation needs of individuals with disabilities, older adults, and people with low incomes, provides strategies for meetings those needs, and prioritizes transportation services for funding and implementation.

Municipalities and governmental entities are allowed to contract directly with CMRPC in accordance with MGL Chapter 30B Sections 1 (b) (3) and (b) (9). Contract with CMRPC, contact CMRPC’s Executive Director, Janet Pierce at jpierce@cmrpc.org

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