Non-Discrimination

Non-Discrimination Policy 11/16/10 (address/name update 10/28/13)

Regional Public Transportation, Inc., hereinafter referred to as the “Recipient” assures that no person shall on the grounds of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, or retaliation as provided by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987 (Public Law 100.259), and subsequent related acts, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity. The Recipient further assures every effort will be made to ensure non-discrimination in all of its programs and activities, whether those programs and activities are federally funded or not.

The Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, broadened the scope of Title VI coverage by expanding the definition of terms “programs or activities” to include all programs or activities of Federal Aid recipients, sub-recipients, and contractors/consultants, whether such programs and activities are federally assisted or not (Public Law 100.259 (S.557) March 22, 1988.)

In the event the Recipient distributes federal funds to a sub-recipient, the Recipient will include Title VI language in all written agreements and will monitor for compliance.

The Recipient’s Title VI Coordinator is responsible for initiating and monitoring Title VI activities, preparing reports and other responsibilities as required by 23 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 200 and 49 CFR 21.

Any person who believes that he or she, individually, as a member of any specific class, or in connection with any disadvantaged business enterprise, has been subjected to discrimination prohibited by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, as amended, may file a complaint with Regional Public Transportation, Inc. The Complaint Procedure is described below.

Regional Public Transportation, Inc.
1006 Railroad Street
PO Box 3854
Moscow, Idaho 83843

smart@smarttransit.org

(208) 883-7165

Meeting Accommodations

If any person requires reasonable accommodation for any open meeting held by RPT under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please request at least five business days in advance by telephone at 208-883-7747, TTY: 711, or Email: smart@smarttransit.org. Documents may be available in another language upon request. (4-9-12)

Language Assistance

A person who does not speak English as their primary language and who has a limited ability to read, write, speak or understand English may be a Limited English Proficient person and may be entitled to language assistance with respect to RPT services. Language assistance can include interpretation, which means oral or spoken transfer of a message from one language into another language and/or translation, which means the written transfer of a message from one language into another language.

RPT has a Limited English Proficiency Plan in place which describes the efforts taken to overcome language barriers and is available upon request.

RPT staff will take reasonable steps to provide the opportunity for meaningful access to LEP clients who have difficulty communicating in English.There are available resources that could be used for providing assistance, translating documents, and interpreting if needed.

Language determination – US Census Bureau “I Speak” Flashcards can be used to determine language.

Language, cultural, and translation assistance -Some language assistance is available through local resources including the International Student, Scholar, & Faculty Services (ISSFS), a division within the International Programs Office at the University of Idaho within a reasonable time period. This department serves international students, faculty and visiting scholars at the University of Idaho, as well as the Moscow community. They assist with language translation and community resources. Contact information is: UI International Student, Scholar, & Faculty Services, 208-885-8984, ipo@uidaho.edu

Written Translation assistance -A simple, free resource on the web that translates any written material is available at http://translate.google.com/.

Interpreting assistance -Other language translation and interpretation if needed would be provided through a telephone interpreter line for which RPT would pay a fee. One such service is World Interpreting, Incinfo@worldinterpreting.comhttp://worldinterpreting.com, 800-969-6853

Title VI Discrimination Complaint Procedure 11/16/10 (address/name update 10/28/13)

Complaints may be filed by any person who believes that he or she has been excluded from participation in, been denied the benefits of, or otherwise subjected to discrimination under any Regional Public Transportation, Inc. (RPT) service, program or activity, and believes the discrimination is based upon race, color, national origin, gender, age, disability, economic status or limited English proficiency. This includes discrimination prohibited by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, as amended.

A complaint may also be filed by a representative on behalf of such a person. All complaints will be referred to the Regional Public Transportation, Inc.’s Title VI Coordinator for review and action.

A signed written complaint must be submitted within 180 days of the alleged discriminatory act (or latest occurrence). The Title VI Coordinator or his/her designee may extend the time for filing or waive the time limit in the interest of justice, specifying in writing the reason for so doing. Individuals may also file complaints directly with the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD), U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and/or the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) within the 180 day timeframe. The complaint should contain:

  • Name, address, telephone number, and signature of complainant or complainant’s representative.
  • Facts and circumstances surrounding the claimed discrimination, including date of allegations, and basis of complaint (i.e., race, color, national origin, gender, age, disability).
  • Any names of persons, if known, that the investigator could contact for additional information to support or clarify the allegations.
  • Corrective action being sought by the complainant.

In the event that a person makes a verbal complaint of discrimination to an officer or employee of Regional Public Transportation, Inc., the person shall be interviewed by the Title VI Coordinator. If necessary, the Title VI Coordinator will assist the person in reducing the complaint to writing and submit the written version of the complaint to the person for signature. The complaint shall then be handled according to the Sponsor’s investigative procedures as outlined below.

Within 10 days of receiving a written complaint, the Title VI Coordinator will acknowledge receipt of the allegation, inform the complainant of action taken or proposed action to process the allegation, and advise the complainant of other avenues of redress available, such as to ITD and/or the USDOT. The complaint may be forwarded to ITD or USDOT for investigation.

RPT will advise ITD within 10 days of receipt of the allegations. Generally, the following information will be included in every notification to ITD:

a) Name, address, and phone number of the complainant.
b) Name(s) and address(es) of alleged discriminating officer(s) or employee(s).
c) A statement and basis of complaint (i.e., race, color, national origin or sex)
d) Date of alleged discriminatory act(s).
e) Date of complaint received by RPT.
f) Other agencies (state, local or federal) where the complaint has been filed.
g) An explanation of the actions RPT has taken or proposed to resolve the issue raised in the complaint.

Within 60 days, RPT’s Title VI Coordinator will investigate and make recommendations for resolving the complaint in a report of findings to RPT’s authorized representative. The complaint should be resolved by informal means whenever possible. Such informal attempts and their results will be summarized in the report of findings.

Within 90 days of receipt of the complaint, RPT’s authorized representative will notify the complainant in writing of the final decision reached, including the proposed disposition of the matter. The notification will advise the complainant of his/her appeal rights with ITD, or USDOT, if they are dissatisfied with the final decision rendered by RPT. The Title VI Coordinator will also provide ITD with a copy of this decision and summary of findings.

Contacts for the different Title VI administrative jurisdictions are as follows:Regional Public Transportation, Inc.
Title VI Coordinator
PO Box 3854
Moscow, Idaho 83843

(208) 883-7165

Idaho Transportation Department

Equal Employment Opportunity Office – External Programs
Karen Sparkman, EEO Manager, Title VI & ADA Coordinator
PO Box 7149
Boise, ID 83707-1129
(208) 334-8852
Karen.sparkman@itd.idaho.gov

Federal Transit Administration Office of Civil RightsAttention: Title VI Program Coordinator

East Building, 5th Floor – TCR
1200 New Jersey Ave., SE
Washington, DC 20590

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