TARC seeks public comment ondraft service and fare change policies
April 22, 2013
TARC is seeking public comment through Friday, May 17 on draft interim policies that address impacts of service and fare changes on minority and low income populations.The policies will be part of an updated Title VI Plan being developed by TARC under Federal Transit Administration guidelines. Title VI of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination based on race, color or national origin in programs or activities which receive federal funds.
The updated TARC Title VI plan also will be available for public comment later this year before it is considered for approval by the TARC Board of Directors. TARC is taking an interim step now of considering specific policies that will be part of the updated plan in advance of service changes scheduled to take effect on June 9. Those service changes are in compliance with TARC’s current Title VI plan and the draft policies proposed for the updated plan.
“TARC is committed to meet both the spirit and letter of the federal law and Federal Transit Administration regulations” said TARC Executive Director J. Barry Barker. “Our goal is to avoid, eliminate or minimize any adverse impacts of major service and fare changes.”
The draft policies define major service changes as those that change the hours or miles of service by 25 percent on a route. When a major service or fare change is proposed, TARC conducts an analysis to determine if there are disproportionate negative impacts on low income or minority populations compared the total service area population, under the policies.
The policies propose that if the analysis shows a statistical difference of 10 percent between negative impacts on minority or low income populations compared to the total service area population, alternative measures such as revising proposals or offering other transportation options must be considered. The latest U.S. Census data will be used in analyses.
The proposed policies can befound here.
Comment period ends May 17
Phone: 502/561-5112; TTY:502/213-3240
Mail: Attention Janene Grantz: TARC, Union Station, 1000 W. Broadway, Louisville, KY 40203
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