Title VI Notice to the Public
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI) is a federal statute and provides that no person 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 prohibits recipients of federal financial assistance from discriminating on the basis of race, color, or national origin in their programs or activities, and it obligates Federal funding agencies to enforce compliance.
As a transit provider, PARTA receives federal financial assistance through the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). As such, PARTA is subject to Title VI and implementing regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).
It is PARTA’s policy to ensure its transit programs and activities comply with Title VI, and has established this program in order to:
Ensure that the level and quality of public transportation service is provided in a nondiscriminatory manner;
Promote full and fair participation in public transportation decision-making without regard to race, color, or national origin;
Ensure meaningful access to transit-related programs and activities by persons with limited English proficiency (LEP).
Title VI Complaint Process
If you feel you have been discriminated against based on one of the above characteristics, you have the right to file a complaint. For more information on your rights, or to file a concern, you can do the following:
1. Download the PDF form and mail it to PARTA, Attn: Denise Baba, 2000 Summit Rd., Kent, OH 44240 or fax it to 330-676-7745.
2. Call Denise Baba at 330-678-7745 to verbally start the complaint process.
3. Fill out the online form below.
4. Come to our administrative offices located at 2000 Summit Rd., Kent, OH 44240 and request a complaint form.
You may also file a concern directly with the Department of Transportation by contacting: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, 1200 New Jersey Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. 20590, 866-377-8642, 800-877-8339 (TTY)
Title VI Concerns Form
If you wish to submit a Title VI concern to PARTA, please fill out the form below. For a full copy of PARTA‘s Title VI procedures, or for questions about this process please call Denise Baba at 330-678-7745.
It is PARTA‘s policy to assure equal employment opportunity for employees and job applicants in all employment processes, including recruitment, selection, promotions, terminations, transfers, layoffs, compensation, training, benefits, and other terms and conditions of employment, without unlawful regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by statute. Further, PARTA is committed to complying with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act and prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. PARTA will make accommodations that are reasonable and no unduly burdensome to enable qualified applicants and employees to participate in the employment process and perform essential job functions.
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)
Written DBE programs are required for FTA recipients of planning, capital, and/or operating assistance that will have contracting opportunities (excluding transit vehicle purchases) exceeding $250,000 with those funds in a federal fiscal year. It is PARTA’s policy to maintain an FTA-approved DBE program to ensure compliance with 49 CFR Part 26, “Participation by Disadvantaged Business Enterprises in Department of Transportation Financial Assistance Programs.” The purpose of PARTA’s DBE program is to ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of DOT-assisted contracts and to create a level playing field on which DBEs can compete fairly for DOT-assisted contracts.