Effective Date: 11-01-2019
The U.S. Department of Transportation (Department or DOT) distributes substantial Federal financial assistance each year for thousands of programs and activities (programs) conducted by diverse entities, including but not limited to State and local governments. Federal law requires entities receiving this assistance to provide all communities with equal access to these programs. Specifically, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), 42 U.S.C. § 2000d et seq., and DOT Title VI regulations at 49 CFR Part 21 are designed to ensure that no person in the United States, based on race, color, or national origin, is excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program that DOT financially assists. Equal access helps to create opportunity and connect all persons and communities to transportation programs that are financially assisted by DOT regardless of race, color, or national origin.