The SMTC complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Executive Order 12898 on Environmental Justice, and related nondiscrimination statutes and regulations, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, in its programs and activities. SMTC’s public meetings are held in ADA-accessible facilities, and held in transit-accessible locations whenever possible. Translation, interpretation services, including American Sign Language, or other auxiliary services are available upon request with notice to the SMTC at least ten days prior to a public meeting. Translation for SMTC’s products and projects are available by calling 315-422-5716 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Requests will be accommodated to the extent possible.
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 states that “no person in the United States, shall, on the grounds 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 Notice
The SMTC is committed to ensuring that no person is excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of, its metropolitan transportation planning process on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, disability or economic status as provided by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes and regulations. If you believe you have been subjected to discrimination under Title VI or related statutes and regulations, using the following form, you may file a complaint to the Syracuse Metropolitan Transportation Council by sending your written complaint to Attention: Director, Syracuse Metropolitan Transportation Council, 126 North Salina Street, Suite 100, Syracuse, New York 13202, or by sending an e-mail to email@example.com.
Complaints may also be filed directly with the Federal Highway Administration, at FHWA Office of Civil Rights, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590; or the Federal Transit Administration, at Federal Transit Administration Office of Civil Rights, Attention Complaint Team, East Building, 5th Floor – TCR, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590.
If information is needed in another language, contact 315-422-5716 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Executive Order 12898 directs federal agencies to identify and address, as appropriate, disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects of their programs, policies, and activities on minority and low-income populations. To understand these needs, SMTC performs an Environmental Justice Analysis that evaluates population trends and geographic locations of those traditionally underserved by existing transportation systems, such as minority and low-income populations. Staff relies on demographic and socioeconomic data from either the most recent census conducted by the US Census Bureau, or data from the American Community Survey. The analysis is routinely updated to include all completed work products to assure an understanding of impacts to the population groups.
Limited English Proficiency
Executive Order 13166, Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency, requires “agencies to examine the services they provide, identify any need for services to those with limited English proficiency (LEP), and develop and implement a system to provide those services so LEP persons can have meaningful access to them.” The SMTC has created a LEP Plan and produces public materials to meet identified language needs on a case-by-case basis.
Americans with Disabilities Act
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 encourages the involvement of people with disabilities in the development and improvement of transportation and paratransit plans and services. In accordance with ADA guidelines, all meetings conducted by SMTC are held in locations that are accessible to persons with mobility limitations.