RIDER'S GUIDE: TITLE VI CIVIL RIGHTS PROGRAM
Marin County Transit District Federal Title VI Civil Rights Program
Marin Transit is committed to ensuring that no person is excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or discriminated against under its projects, programs or activities on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, sex or age, as provided in Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and 49 United States Code Section 5332. Under Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Title VI guidance issued on October 1, 2012, all transit operators receiving federal funds are required to:
- Ensure that the level and quality of transportation service is provided without regard to race, color, or national origin.
- Identify and address, as appropriate, disproportionately high and adverse effects of programs and activities on minority populations and low-income populations.
- Promote the full and fair participation of all affected populations in transportation decision-making.
- Prevent the denial, reduction, or delay in benefits related to programs and activities that benefit minority populations or low-income populations.
- Ensure meaningful access to programs and activities by persons with Limited English Proficiency (LEP).
Marin Transit’s Title VI Program will continue to evolve through lessons learned in conducting planning analysis, evaluating service impacts, and in putting into place inclusive participation programs and outreach activities. Every three years, Marin Transit will update this document for the Federal Transit Administration as a record of the District’s most current Title VI Program.
This document is available in accessible formats upon request. To obtain paper copies of this document or information regarding accessible formats, please contact:
Civil Rights Officer
711 Grand Avenue, Suite 110
San Rafael, CA 94901
415-226-0855 or TDD 711
Marin Transit grants all citizens equal access to its transportation services. Marin Transit is committed to ensuring that no person is excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of its services on the basis of race, color, or national origin as protected by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended (“Title VI”).
Any person who believes she or he has been aggrieved by any unlawful discriminatory practice under Title VI may file a complaint. For more information on Marin Transit’s civil rights program and the procedures to file a complaint, contact (415) 226-0855 or TDD 711, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our offices at 711 Grand Avenue, Suite 110, San Rafael, CA 94901.
If information is needed in another language, contact Marin Transit at (415) 226-0855.
Si se necesita información en otro idioma, póngase en contacto con Marin Transit al (415) 226-0855.
Marin Transit’s Title VI policy is posted at its administrative offices, at major transit hubs located in San Rafael, Marin City, and Novato, and on Marin Transit vehicles.
If you believe that you have received discriminatory treatment by Marin Transit on the basis of your race, color, or national origin, you have the right to file a complaint with the Civil Rights Officer. The complaint must be filed no later than 180 calendar days of the alleged discriminatory incident. This document and the Title VI complaint form are available here.
Si usted cree que ha recibido un trato discriminatorio por Marin Transit sobre la base de su raza, color u origen nacional, usted tiene el derecho de presentar una queja con el Oficial de Derechos Civiles. La queja debe ser presentada a más tardar 180 días calendario después del supuesto incidente discriminatorio alegado. Este documento y el formulario de queja del Título VI están disponibles aquí.
Los documentos que describen la Declaración de la Política conforme al Título VI y los Procedimientos de Queja de Marin Transit se pueden traducir al español bajo solicitud.
Por favor llame al (415) 226-0855 o TDD 711.
The preferred method is to file your complaint in writing using the Title VI Complaint Form, and send it to:
Civil Rights Officer
711 Grand Avenue, Suite 110
San Rafael, CA 94901
Verbal complaints will be accepted and transcribed by the Civil Rights Officer. To make a verbal complaint, call (415) 226-0855 or TDD 711.
You also have the right to file a complaint with an external entity such as the Department of Transportation (DOT), a federal or state agency, or a federal or state court. Should a complaint be filed with Marin Transit and an external entity simultaneously, the external complaint shall supersede Marin Transit complaint and Marin Transit’s complaint procedures will be suspended pending the external entity’s findings.
The Marin Transit Civil Rights Officer will review and investigate all Title VI complaints that are complete. Once the complaint is received, Marin Transit will review it to determine if our office has jurisdiction. The complainant will receive an acknowledgement letter informing her/him whether the complaint will be investigated by our office. Reasonable measures will be undertaken to preserve any information that is confidential. The investigation may include a review of all relevant documents, practices and procedures as well as discussion(s) of the complaint with all affected parties to determine the nature of the problem. The investigation will be conducted and generally completed within 60 days of receipt of a formal complaint.
Based on the information received, an investigation report will be prepared by the Civil Rights Officer for submittal to the Marin Transit General Manager. On behalf of the General Manager, the Civil Rights Officer will issue one of two letters to the complainant: a closure letter or a Letter of Finding. A closure letter summarizes the allegations and states that there was not a Title VI violation and that the case will be closed. A Letter of Finding summarizes the allegations and the interviews regarding the alleged incident, and explains whether any disciplinary action, additional training of the staff member or other action will occur. Parties will have 14 calendar days from the date of the outcome letter to appeal. If the complainant wishes to appeal the decision, he or she may appeal directly to the United States Department of Transportation, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, as appropriate.
A person may also file a complaint directly with the Federal Transit Administration, at FTA Office of Civil Rights, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590.
The Civil Rights Officer will maintain a log of Title VI complaints received that shall include the date the complaint was filed, a summary of the allegations, the status of the complaint, and actions taken by Marin Transit in response to the complaint.
If requested, documents describing Marin Transit’s Title VI Policy Statement and Complaint Procedures can be translated into languages other than English.
Los documentos que describen la Declaración de la Política conforme al Título VI y los Procedimientos de Queja de Marin Transit se pueden traducir al español bajo solicitud.Por favor llame al (415) 226-0855 o TDD 711.