Title VI

What is Title VI?

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Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin. Section 324 of the Federal Aid Highway Act, the enabling legislation of the FHWA, prohibits discrimination based on sex.

In accepting federal funding, the Memphis MPO pledges to adhere to and advance the principle of EJ and integrate this concept into the participation process. The policies and programs of the Memphis MPO should avoid disproportionately negative effects on minority and low income populations. Emphasis will be placed on providing equitable distribution of benefits of employment, education and community to traditionally underrepresented communities.

As part of its general planning and programming process, the Memphis MPO strives to involve as broad a cross-section of the population and the region as possible. However, it should be noted that there are certain segments of the population and certain organizations that either have a special interest in transportation or that we have a special obligation to reach out to. The Memphis MPO strives to involve the following groups to the fullest extent possible: citizens, member municipalities, affected public  agencies, representatives of transportation agency employees or unions, public and private providers of transportation, freight shippers, providers of freight transportation services, representatives of users of public transportation, representatives of users of pedestrian walkways and bicycle transportation facilities, representatives of persons with disabilities, and other parties who have expressed an interest in the process.

Memphis MPO staff member Alvan-Bidal Sanchez is dedicated to coordinating the Title VI, ADA, and Section 504 procedures for the Memphis MPO in conjunction with the State of Tennessee and Mississippi Departments of Transportation Title VI Offices. The Memphis MPO submits Title VI Reports to TDOT and MDOT. Click on the link below to view the most recent Memphis MPO Title VI Report.

2014 Memphis MPO Title VI Report

Signed Title VI Assurance Statement

2014 TDOT Compliance Letter

2014 TDOT Approval Letter

2014 TDOT Memphis MPO Assessment Addendum and Form

Older Documents:

Memphis MPO 2012 Title VI Report

Memphis MPO Title VI Statement

The Memphis Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization assures that no person shall on the grounds of race, color, national origin, or sex, as provided by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987 (P.I. 100.259) be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance from the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT).

The Memphis Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization further assures every effort will be made to ensure nondiscrimination in all of its program and activities, whether those programs or activities were federally funded or not.


Environmental Justice

A 1994 Presidential Executive Order directed every Federal agency to make Environmental Justice (EJ) a part of its mission by identifying and addressing the effects of all programs, policies, and activities on “minority populations and low-income populations.” The MPO’s EJ initiatives will strive to accomplish this by involving the potentially affected public through public involvement. This program consists of MPO staff activities designed to develop partnerships with, and enhance the participation in the transportation planning process, by groups and individuals of “traditionally underserved” communities.

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) defines three fundamental EJ principles:

  • To avoid, minimize, or mitigate disproportionately high and adverse human health and environmental effects, including social and economic effects, on minority populations and low-income populations.
  • To ensure the full and fair participation by all potentially affected communities in the transportation decision making process.
  • To prevent the denial of, reduction in, or significant delay in the receipt of benefits by minority and low income populations.


Limited English Proficiency

The Memphis Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is responsible for continual, cooperative, and comprehensive transportation planning in the MPO planning area. This planning process guides the use of federal and state dollars spent on existing and future transportation projects or programs, and the Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Plan plays an integral role in the process.

2014 Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Plan

Older Documents:

Limited English Proficiency Plan

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