Metro’s Civil Rights Review Oddyssey

A few months ago I spotted on the bus a new take one multilingual brochure titled “Metro Notice of Civil Rights”. Informational placards with the same information also popped up on Metrorail equipment. I recognized this as the latest component of the actions Metro has undertaken to satisfy the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) regarding its obligations under what is known as Title VI when making changes to service or fares.

I have written previously some of these actions which included placing stickers on vehicles and making presentations on plans for corrective action seeking input from the Service Councils. Subsequently Metro has been engaged in a giant exercise of outreach and preparing lengthy reports documenting its compliance with Title VI.

Evidently all this activity has bore fruit with the news that the FTA has declared Metro is now in compliance with Title VI.

This doesn’t mean Metro can rest on its laurels. In fact the current round of service council meetings will receive presentations on two civil rights topics: Title VI Public Participation Plan and planned actions to deal with growing Americans with Disabilities (ADA) ridership.

Kudos to Daniel Levy, Metro’s Civil Rights Program Compliance Director, and his staff for successfully navigating what was likely a rather daunting set of challenges in answering the concerns of the FTA. And obviously will keep at it going forward.

  • Jerard Wright

    I’m simply reposting the quote made from 2011,

    “I see the FTA report as nothing more than a punch list of items that Metro needs to complete on top of what is
    already being done when decisions are being made on service, fares and
    the overall operations of the LA County Transportation system.

    It clearly didn’t find fault with the agency as the directives
    reported were communication measures that will aid both Metro and FTA in
    the long run. The claims that this is a damning report is further from
    the truth as those claims are nothing more than a smokescreen to create a
    political whirlpool of drama.”


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