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Notice of Nondiscrimination Rights and Protections to Beneficiaries

  • Federal "Title VI/Nondiscrimination" Protections

    The Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) operates its programs, services, and activities in compliance with federal nondiscrimination laws including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, and related statutes and regulations. Title VI prohibits discrimination in federally assisted programs and requires that no person in the United States of America shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin (including limited English proficiency), be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal assistance. Related federal nondiscrimination laws administrated by the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Transit Administration, or both prohibit discrimination on the basis of age, sex, and disability. These protected categories are contemplated within the Boston Region MPO’s Title VI Programs consistent with federal interpretation and administration. Additionally, the Boston Region MPO provides meaningful access to its programs, services, and activities to individuals with limited English proficiency, in compliance with US Department of Transportation policy and guidance on federal Executive Order 13166.

  • State Nondiscrimination Protections

    The Boston Region MPO also complies with the Massachusetts Public Accommodation Law, M.G.L. c 272 §§ 92a, 98, 98a, prohibiting making any distinction, discrimination, or restriction in admission to or treatment in a place of public accommodation based on race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, or ancestry. Likewise, the Boston Region MPO complies with the Governor's Executive Order 526, section 4 requiring all programs, activities, and services provided, performed, licensed, chartered, funded, regulated, or contracted for by the state shall be conducted without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, disability, veteran's status (including Vietnam-era veterans), or background.

  • Notice of Nondiscrimination Rights and Protections to Beneficiaries Translations

    If this information is needed in another language, please contact the Boston Region MPO’s Title VI Specialist
    at 857-702-3700.

Programs to Support the Civil Rights of Protected Populations

The MPO supports several programs to ensure that protected populations have equal access to the benefits of, and participation in, the transportation-planning process, free from discrimination.

  • MPO Title VI Program: The MPO develops approaches, actions, and analyses needed to ensure compliance with Federal Transit Administration Title VI and Federal Highway Administration Title VI/nondiscrimination protections and requirements. Every three years, the MPO reports its steps to comply with Title VI requirements. Each year, the MPO documents any changes that have occurred during the year that affect its nondiscrimination policies or activities.
  • MPO Transportation Equity Program: The MPO provides a systematic method of identifying and considering the transportation needs of protected populations, including those that are low-income and/or minority, have limited English proficiency, have a disability, or are elderly.
  • MPO Public Participation Program: The MPO reaches out and encourages the involvement of everyone, including protected populations, to ensure their participation in the transportation-planning and decision-making process.

    Locations for all MPO and MPO-sponsored meetings are accessible to people with disabilities and are near public transportation. Upon request (preferably two weeks in advance of the meeting), every effort will be made to provide accommodations such as assistive-listening devices, materials in accessible formats and in languages other than English, and interpreters in American Sign Language and other languages. Please contact the MPO staff at 857.702.3700 (voice), 617.570.9193 (TTY), 617.570.9192 (fax), or
  • Access Advisory Committee to the MBTA: This committee, which is funded and staffed by the MPO, is a consumer organization whose mission is to improve transit access and services for people with disabilities. Its membership is open to people with disabilities, senior citizens, and representatives of human services agencies.

Additional Information

To request additional information regarding Title VI and related federal and state nondiscrimination obligations, please contact:

Betsy Harvey
Title VI Specialist
Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization
10 Park Plaza, Suite 2150
Boston, MA 02116
TTY: 617-570-9193

Complaint Filing

To file a complaint alleging a violation of Title VI or related federal nondiscrimination law, contact the Title VI Specialist (above) within 180 days of the alleged discriminatory conduct.

To file a complaint alleging a violation of a Massachusetts General Law, contact the Title VI Specialist (above) within 300 days of the alleged discriminatory conduct.

Written complaints may also be submitted to:

MassDOT Title VI Coordinator
10 Park Plaza, Suite 3800
Boston, MA 02116

Links to the complaint procedures and complaint form are below.