Civil Rights Data Dashboard
As a recipient of funding from both the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), PACTS is required to comply with civil rights mandates. These statutes, executive orders, and regulations are intended to ensure that traditionally under-served populations are included in the planning process, benefit equally from investments, and do not experience a disparately negative impact from decisions.
PACTS is developing tools – including these maps -- to more consistently and comprehensively evaluate its plans and programs for compliance with civil rights mandates. PACTS will use the maps to improve efficiency in the planning process and to assist in evaluating outcomes for the community – especially protected populations.
Access the data we used to create the Civil Rights Data Dashboard.
See how we use the Civil Rights Data in our Transportation Improvement Plan and in our Brownfields program (coming soon).
Civil Rights Mandates
The civil rights authorities are summarized below:
- Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 states that “no persons 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 subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” Title VI requires recipients of federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Transportation to assess the nature, extent, and incidence of probable impacts, both negative and positive, from any transportation-related activity on racial and ethnic minority populations.
- The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibit a public entity from discriminating against qualified persons with disabilities in access to facilities and services that the public entity provides. For PACTS, these services, facilities or activities are related to the planning, design, construction, maintenance, and operations of transportation systems.
- The Environmental Justice Executive Order 12898, “Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice (EJ) in Minority Populations and Low-income Populations,” issued in 1994, requires federal agencies and recipients of their funding to address EJ concerns. The Executive Order on Environmental Justice strengthened the Title VI protections by adding low-income populations.
- The Language Access Executive Order 13166, “Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency (LEP)”, issued in 2000, directs federal agencies and recipients of federal funding to provide meaningful language access to their services. Agencies receiving federal financial assistance have a responsibility to ensure meaningful access to their programs and activities by persons with limited English proficiency. See 28 CFR 42.104(b)(2).