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The purpose of Title VI is simple: to ensure that public funds are not spent in a way which encourages, subsidizes or results in discrimination. To this end, Title VI bars intentional/disparate treatment and disparate impacts/effects.
The purpose of this document is to provide guidance to Title VI Program customers to assist them in meeting compliance with nondiscrimination laws. Title VI focuses on:
1. Has the eligible population been identified?
2. What Department activities and services are involved?
3. What is the performance measures outcome?
4. Who is the beneficiary?
5. What are the disparate or disproportionate impacts?
6. What was done about the disparate or disproportionate impacts and was that
action documented?
The Restoration Act of 1987 amended Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 to restore the broad scope of coverage and to clarify the application of respective laws which include nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability and age in all programs and activities of recipients of Federal financial assistance. The Department’s Title VI Program includes sex in its scope of coverage in accordance with 23 USC 324 the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1973.
Additionally, the Department incorporates the principles of Environmental Justice (EJ), (Executive Order 12898) into its programs, policies and activities to ensure there are no transportation system related disproportionate, adverse impacts particularly in low-income and minority populations. Executive Order 13166 on Limited English Proficiency is also included to ensure meaningful access is provided to persons who are limited in the English language.
Use of this document
This document is designed to aid reviewing for and verifying compliance with Title VI requirements. The Section on “Requirements for All Programs” includes discussion that, at minimum, must be considered by all Department programs and fully integrated by the Emphasis Programs. The “Emphasis Programs” section discussions are program specific and must be considered and integrated into the planning and project delivery 7 introduction programs respectively. The programs named in the “Other Services” must consider both the “Requirements for All Programs” and “Emphasis Programs” requirements from a direct and monitoring perspective, as they apply.

This document will be updated periodically to reflect changes in law, regulation and/or policy. Your comments on the content and format of this document are welcome on an on-going basis. Provide your comments to the Department of Transportation, Civil Rights Title VI Program, MS 79, 1823 14th Street, Sacramento, California 95814, Attention: Title VI Coordinator.
This document is intended to provide guidance to Department personnel and otherinterested entities and is not intended to, does not and may not be relied upon to create any right or benefit, enforceable by law by a party against the Department.


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