Title VI: Civil Rights and Environmental Justice
Your Input Is Needed!
PACTS is seeking public comment through Oct 14th, 2019 on draft updates to both the Public Involvement Plan and the Title VI, Environmental Justice, Non-Discrimination Plan. The updates are significant reworkings (and redesigns) of the original plans and reflect the recent initiatives undertaken by PACTS to provide more inclusive engagement to underrepresented communities and the general public. Visit www.pactsplan.org/about-pacts/public-participation/ for information on providing comments and to download the plans.
PACTS has a Title VI Plan that is updated and approved by MaineDOT each year. The plan includes several reports aimed at making sure protected populations have equal, discrimination-free access to participation in the transportation planning process, and to the benefits of this process. PACTS reports its efforts to the MaineDOT every year. Reports can be found at PACTSplan.org.
Public Outreach and Engagement: A part of every project, PACTS’ public outreach and engagement efforts offer ways for all residents, including protected populations, to participate in PACTS’ transportation-planning and decision-making process.
- Locations for all PACTS-sponsored meetings are accessible to people with disabilities and are near public transportation.
- Accommodations such as assistive-listening devices, materials in accessible formats and in languages other than English, and interpreters in American Sign Language and other languages can be provided by request. Every effort will be made to fulfill requests.
PACTS has a brochure with this information available in English, Arabic, French, Spanish, and Somali.
For copies of the brochure or other language services, contact:
Zoe Miller, (voice) 207-774-9891 ext. 227, or Zmiller@gpcog.org
What is Title VI?
All entities that receive federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Transportation comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 by assessing the nature, extent, and incidence of probable impacts, both negative and positive, from any transportation-related activity on minority, low-income and other disadvantaged populations. Transportation activities led by PACTS include the planning and implementation of road, transit, and bicycle-pedestrian projects.
The 1994 “Federal Action to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations” strengthened the Title VI protections by adding low-income populations. Related federal nondiscrimination laws administrated by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), or both, prohibit discrimination on the basis of age, sex, and disability. The principle of environmental justice in transportation planning ensures that transportation projects do not have a disproportionately negative impact on minority and low-income populations. The goal is to achieve environmental justice protection for all communities.
How do I file a complaint?
If you think you have been discriminated against, you have the right to file a complaint within 180 days of the date when the alleged discrimination occurred. If it is not possible to submit the complaint in writing, a verbal complaint can be received and recorded. The complaint should include:
- Your name, address, and telephone number (or of your legal representative).
- Name and location of the agency or program that you believe discriminated against you.
- How, why, and when you believe you were discriminated against. Include as many details as possible.
- Names of other persons who could be contacted for information on your complaint
Attention: Title VI
970 Baxter Boulevard, Suite 201
Portland, ME 04103
Please click here to access the PACTS Title VI Discrimination Complaint Form.