Title VI - Civil Rights
The NJTPA conducts its programs, services and activities in compliance with Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and other federal non-discrimination policies and statutes, as required as a recipient of federal funds. This policy prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color and national origin.
The NJTPA’s updated Title VI Assurance was submitted for the Federal Transit Administration for approval in December 2018. Click here to download the document.
Any person who believes they have been aggrieved by an unlawful discriminatory practice under Title VI has the right to file a formal complaint. Complaints must be submitted in writing and must include the complainant’s name and contact information and a description of the nature of the complaint. Complaints can be e-mailed to Titlevi@njtpa.org. Please note in the subject line that the e-mail contains a Title VI complaint. They can also be mailed to the Title VI Compliance Officer, North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, One Newark Center, 17 th Floor, Newark, NJ 07102.
The NJTPA also conducts Environmental Justice reviews, which aim to identify and address any adverse effects proposed projects or programs may have on minority and low-income populations to ensure the fair distribution of transportation benefits and burdens among all people. Under federal regulations pertaining to Environmental Justice, a Metropolitan Planning Organization (like the NJTPA) ensures that its Regional Transportation Plan and Transportation Improvement Plan are consistent with Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, identifies and assesses the transportation needs of low-income and minority populations, and acts to improve public involvement processes to eliminate participation barriers for low-income and minority persons.
Click here to visit the Environmental Justice page to learn more about how the NJTPA integrates this process into its work.
During 2019, the NJTPA began a study of Barriers to Access to Destinations through an Equity Lens. This study will develop foundational data and maps to understand differences among various segments of the population in terms of essential mobility, including access to jobs and key destinations. Particular focus will be placed on access to destinations for minorities, low income residents, older residents and other segments of the population traditionally underserved by the transportation system. The findings and results of the study will lead the way to follow-up efforts to develop strategies to address the challenges identified.
The NJTPA is committed to involving the public in all of its programs, projects and plans. The NJTPA Board of Trustees adopted the agency’s updated Public Engagement Plan in November 2018. The plan discusses all of the ways the NJTPA promotes public participation, including strategies aimed at better including under-represented populations in the decision-making process.
The NJTPA also conducts formal public comment periods prior to the adoption of certain key planning documents in accordance with federal regulations. This includes the Regional Transportation Plan, the Transportation Improvement Program, the State Transportation Improvement Program and the Air Quality Conformity Determination document. Visit the Public Comment page for information on open comment periods.