Title VI and Environmental Justice stem from the 1964 Civil Rights Act stating that “No person in the United States shall, on the ground 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 bars intentional discrimination as well as disparate impact discrimination (i.e., a neutral policy or practice that has a disparate impact on protected groups). Other related rules and acts include Executive Order 12898 regarding environmental justice in minority and low-income populations; Executive Order 13166 regarding access to services for people with limited English proficiency; as well as Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The Lexington Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is committed to a policy of non-discrimination in the operation of its programs and services without regard to race, color and national origin as well as age, gender, disability or sexual orientation. Additional information on the MPO’s Civil Rights and Title VI obligations are outlined in the MPO’s Participation Plan.
Any person who believes that he or she, individually, or as a member of any specific class of persons, has been subjected to discrimination by the MPO and its activities is encouraged to report a complaint using the complaint procedures below.
The Title VI Program Plan for the Lexington Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) outlines how the MPO will provide equal access to the transportation planning process and ensure its policies and programs are non-discriminatory and do not negatively impact minority, low-income individuals and other protected individuals.
If information is needed in another language, contact Lexington Area MPO at 859-258-3162. To accommodate limited English proficient individuals, oral complaints may also be documented and/or translated at this number.