Nondiscrimination: Title VI, Limited English and Environmental Justice Plan
FAMPO recognizes that equity is a critical consideration for the transportation planning process because transportation systems are used to access services and opportunities. Good transportation systems also promote quality of life and a sense of community. Therefore, in its planning process, FAMPO considers the distribution of benefits and burdens associated with transportation projects and ensures that opportunities to participate in the planning process are equitable.
FAMPO promotes equity in the transportation planning process by:
- Engaging in public outreach to all communities and making a special effort to reach under-served community members
- Analyzing project impacts to low-income and minority populations, as well as other disadvantaged groups
- Analyzing the balance of burdens and benefits for those impacted by projects and seeking ways to mitigate or remove burdens
- Promoting diversity within FAMPO and among its committees and contractors
- Providing free translation services for public meetings and documents- as requested or when necessary
- Employing a dedicated Title VI staff member to ensure compliance with all nondiscrimination laws and best practices, and conduct targeted public outreach
- Maintaining a Title VI nondiscrimination plan to ensure equity is considered and promoted in all planning activities and projects
- Maintaining a public participation plan and a limited English proficiency plan that outlines outreach strategies for minority, low-income and limited English proficiency populations
In its planning process, FAMPO adheres to all nondiscrimination laws and integrates legal principles and requirements into all programs and plans. Equity in the transportation planning process is guided by:
- Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a federal law that prohibits discrimination based on race, color or national origin
- Executive Order 12898, an environmental justice mandate that protects low-income and minority populations
- Various nondiscrimination laws and guidance related to discrimination based on age, sex, ability and language
FAMPO’s Nondiscrimination Compliance Documents
GWRC/FAMPO Title VI Nondiscrimination Plan – Plan updated March 18, 2019. Title VI assurance added February 12, 2021. Staff and committee member list updated Februrary 18, 2021.
Documentation and Mapping
In an effort to comply with Title VI and environmental justice requirements FAMPO staff has prepared a thorough analysis on the 2012-2015 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) as well as the 2040 Constrained Long Range Plan (CLRP). These analyses provide an overview of how projects administered by FAMPO impact environmental justice and Title VI populations in the region. An interactive web mapping application was developed by FAMPO staff in an ongoing effort to provide up-to-date information to the public.
FAMPO Environmental Justice (EJ) Analysis ArcGIS Online Web Map Application To select variables to analyze click on the “layers” drop down menu on the bar above the map. From there you can choose which attributes you would like to view. (e.g. limited English proficiency population, identified EJ tracts, localized and corridor projects)
Discrimination Complaints or Requests for Participation Assistance
For complaints, questions or concerns about civil rights or nondiscrimination; or for special requests related to accessibility or translation services, please contact FAMPO staff at (540) 373-2890 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For complaints please review the following document: Title VI Discrimination Complaint Procedures & Form
Notice to the Public
Per 49 CFR § 21.9(d), the GWRC and FAMPO shall provide the following statement to the public regarding their Title VI requirements and describe members of the public of the process against discrimination furnished to them by Title VI. This statement will be included into all publications that are distributed to the public, including the Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), the Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) and the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP).
“The George Washington Regional Commission and the Fredericksburg Area Metropolitan Planning Organization fully comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and its related statutes and regulations in all programs and activities. For more information or to obtain a Discrimination Complaint Form, please visit www.gwregion.org or www.fampo.gwregion.org or call (540)-373-2890. Para información en español, llame al (540)-373-2890.”