Integrating Inclusion

Integrating Inclusion

The Transportation Council recognizes that the history of transportation planning has had an inequitable impact on marginalized communities. While federal policy provides a basis for an approach to equity, the Transportation Council is committed to not merely complying with regulations but integrating equity into all aspects of the federal transportation planning process. The Transportation Council also recognizes integrating equity into its planning processes requires continual evaluation, clarification, refinement, and experimentation and commits to an iterative approach. 

Title VI Notice 

Title VI Assurances

The Capital Region Transportation Council (“Transportation Council”) is committed to ensuring that no person is excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of, its metropolitan transportation planning process on the basis of race, color, and national origin (including limited English proficiency) as protected by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes and regulations. For more information, including complaint procedure, see the Title VI Nondiscrimination page.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Self Evaluation & Transition Plan

The Capital Region Transportation Council’s Self Evaluation and Transition Plan analyzes its policies, practices, and procedures. The document contains a nondiscrimination statement as well as a grievance procedure and complaint form. It evaluates the Transportation Council’s public meetings policy, its written publications, the office location including access to the office space and toilet rooms, and its website. The Transition Plan specifies improvements the Transportation Council will make or cause to be made, as well as a timeline for those improvements. 

As a recipient of federal funding, the Transportation Council must comply with a variety of federal and state legislative regulations. Regarding matters of nondiscrimination on the basis of disability, the Transportation Council falls under two federal laws, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. 

The ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. Title II of ADA applies specifically to all activities of state and local governments, including metropolitan planning organizations such as the Transportation Council, and requires that government entities give people with disabilities equal opportunity to benefit from all of the programs, services and activities that may be offered. 

As the federally designated metropolitan planning organization, the Transportation Council must adhere to the standards set forth in Title II, which include both physical accommodations (accessibility to buildings and meetings) and in policies, practices and procedures. Under Title II, the Transportation Council is required to make reasonable accommodations in order to provide access and to communicate effectively with people who have hearing, vision or speech impairments. Likewise, the Transportation Council is required to make reasonable modifications to policies, practices, and procedures where necessary to avoid discrimination. 

Environmental Justice and Title VI Analysis

Environmental Justice/Title VI Analysis

The Transportation Council conducts an Environmental Justice (EJ) and Title VI compliance review of its planning activities after the adoption of each Transportation Improvement Program. The Environmental Justice/Title VI Analysis seeks to ensure that both the positive and negative impacts of transportation planning conducted by the Transportation Council and its funding recipients are fairly distributed, that defined EJ populations do not bear disproportionately high and adverse effects, and defined Title VI populations are not experiencing unlawful discrimination in the Transportation Council’s planning activities.

Limited English Proficiency

Limited English Proficiency Plan

The Transportation Council is committed to quality, inclusive planning that involves all residents of the Capital Region who wish to participate, including people who are limited English proficient (LEP), defined as those who do not speak English as their primary language and who have a limited ability to speak, read, write, or understand English. The Transportation Council is currently updating its Limited English Proficiency Plan to reflect recent data and new practices. 

Equity Specific Work

JOB ACCESS IN NEW YORK’S CAPITAL REGION

Beyond regulatory compliance, the Transportation Council is engaged in looking deeper at how equity affects transportation in the region and its intersection with the federal transportation planning process. This deeper look has resulted in such reports as the Job Access in New York’s Capital Region and the Equity Work Plan. 

Public Participation 

Public Participation Plan

The Transportation Council is committed to public participation that is meaningful and inclusive. The Public Participation Plan guides how the Transportation Council will reach out to and engage with the public, with the goal of such efforts being continuous throughout the activity, thorough enough to reach a broad audience, inclusive of those that have been historically underserved in transportation planning, and able to demonstrate effectiveness. 

Executive Summary (Spanish, Chinese, Arabic)