The CIRTPA, by virtue of accepting federal funding, pledges to not discriminate against anyone on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, minority status or income level.
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin. In addition, other statues, laws, regulations, executive orders and the U.S. Constitution provide guidance for the effective execution of the objectives of Title VI. These include:
- Section 324 of the Federal Aid Highway Act, the enabling legislation of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), which prohibits discrimination based on sex;
- The 1994 Presidential Executive Order which directed every federal agency to make Environmental Justice (EJ) a part of its mission by identifying and addressing the effects of all programs, policies, and activities on minority populations and low-income populations.
The CIRTPA commits to upholding the principles of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related guidance. The CIRTPA’s policies and programs should not discriminate against people based on race, color, national origin or sex. The CIRTPA’s policies and programs should avoid disproportionately negative effects on minority and low-income populations. The CIRTPA seeks involve as broad a cross-section of region’s population, in addition to the population segments and certain organizations with specials interests in transportation.
The CIRTPA periodically updates its Title VI programs with the Federal Highway Administration.
Public Participation Plan
The CIRTPA aims to provide citizens, stakeholder groups, and other interested parties with reasonable opportunities to be involved in planning processes. These efforts are outlined in the Public Participation Plan.
Language Assistance Program
The Language Assistance Plan (LAP) seeks to ensure that individuals with limited English proficiency have meaningful access to the transportation planning process.
Members of the public can file complaints if with the CIRTPA does not meet the expectations of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 324 of the Federal Aid Highway Act, or the 1994 Presidential Executive Order regarding Environmental Justice. The process of filing a complaint is as follows:
- Persons wishing to file a formal discrimination complaint may do so by completing the Title VI Complaint Form and submitting it within 180 days of the alleged discrimination
- Within 10 calendar days, the CIRTPA will forward this form and any additional information to the Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT) Title VI Coordinator.
- The Iowa DOT will conduct an investigation into the complaint and make a recommendation to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), which will make the final determination.
- The Iowa DOT and the CIRTPA will inform the person filing the compliant of the final determination.
For more information from the Iowa DOT, click here.
CIRTPA regularly reaffirms that it will adhere to Title VI requirements by signing “Assurances.” They are posted here.
For more information about Title VI or the Title VI complaint process, please contact CIRTPA staff.
Office Manager/Title VI Coordinator