Click on the headings below to learn more about Environmental Justice/Title VI Planning
+ GBNRTC's Title VI Policy
The Greater Buffalo-Niagara Regional Transportation Council (GBNRTC) assures that no person shall on the grounds of race, color, national origin, or gender, as provided in Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes be excluded from participation in, or be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity for which the GBNRTC receives Federal financial assistance.
As the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for the two-county region, the GBNRTC is committed to making Title VI and environmental justice a part of our planning process, integrated in all our programs and plans, and a guide for our public participation efforts.
+ Community Outreach and Participation
Meaningful participation of minority, low-income, limited English proficiency (LEP) populations and others is a critical component to implementing Title VI/Environmental Justice. Through effective public participation, the GBNRTC is able to identify and understand the needs of the community as a whole, and incorporate those needs into transportation plans and programs.
The 2011 GBNRTC Public Participation Plan outlines public participation policies and procedures the GBNRTC uses to develop transportation plans and programs and describes effective strategies for encouraging the public to participate in planning activities.
+ Social and Economic Data Mapping
Using U.S. Census data, the GBNRTC identifies the locations of traditionally underserved populations, including low-income, minority, and limited English proficienct (LEP) populations to create a social and economic profile of the two-county region. These demographic profiles are essential in creating an effective public engagement strategy and provide important building blocks for transportation studies and plans.
RACE AND ETHNICITY
LOW INCOME POPUALATION
LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENCY
+ Environmental Justice Analysis and Assessment
The GBNRTC uses GIS and other tools and data sources to determine the needs of traditionally underserved communities and to assess how regional transportation programs and plans impact different population groups in the region.
Regional Overlay Maps
+ Legislation and Guidance
Presidential Executive Order 12898, “Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations”, directs federal agencies to identify and address the disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects of their programs, policies, and activities on minority and low-income populations.
Executive Order 13166, “Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency”, requires federal agencies to improve access to federally conducted and assisted programs and activities for persons who, as a result of national origin, are limited in their English proficiency.
Both executive orders are based on the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, or national origin, by government agencies that receive federal funding.
+ Online Resources
- An Overview of Transportation and Environmental Justice
- FHWA Environmental Guidebook
- FHWA Environmental Policy Statement (1994)
- FHWA Transportation Planning Capacity Building “Peer Program” Identifying and Engaging Low Literacy and Limited English Proficiency Populations in the Transportation Decisionmaking Process
- Transportation & Environmental Justice: Case Studies (December 2000)
- Transportation & Environmental Justice: Effective Practices
- Implementing Title VI Requirements in Metropolitan and Statewide Planning
- Environmental Justice in Transportation: Emerging Trends and Best Practices
If you believe you have been subjected to discrimination under Title VI, you may file a complaint with the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, the host agency of GBNRTC. Please send your written complaint to:
Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Equal Employment Opportunity Office 181 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, NY 14203
+ General Questions and Concerns
Greater Buffalo-Niagara Regional Transportation Council 438 Main Street Suite 503 Buffalo, NY 14202 716.856.2026 firstname.lastname@example.org