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Title VI Plan Update

Metro is seeking public comment on its Title VI plan. Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects people from discrimination based on race, color, and national origin in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance.

Metro is proposing updates to its Title VI plan, including:

  • The definition of a major service change
  • The policy regarding disparate impacts to a group identified by race, color, or national origin
  • The policy regarding disproportionate burdens to low-income populations

Download the Title VI Plan Update handout here (English)
Download the Title VI Plan Update handout here (Spanish)

Major Service Change

Current Definition:

  • A major service change is defined as:
    • The addition and/or elimination of a bus route.
    • A twelve percent or more addition or reduction in the system revenue miles.
    • A twenty-five percent or more addition or reduction of revenue miles on any individual route, whether by frequency, span of service, or route realignment beyond a three-quarter mile buffer of the terminus and either side of an existing alignment.

Proposed Definition:

  • A major service change is defined as:
    • The addition and/or elimination of a bus route
    • A ten percent or more addition or reduction in system revenue miles
    • A fifteen percent or more addition or reduction in revenue miles on any individual route
    • This includes a change in frequency, span of service, or route alignment beyond a three-quarter mile buffer of the terminus and either side of an existing alignment

Disparate Impact

Current Definition:

Should the impact of any major service change require a minority population to bear adverse effects twenty-five (+/- 12.5) percent or greater of a cumulative impact compared to those adverse effects borne by the nonminority population, that impact will be deemed a disparate impact unless,  there is substantial legitimate justification for the change, and no other alternatives exist that would serve the same legitimate objectives but with less disproportionate effects on the basis of race, color or national origin

Proposed Definition:

Should the impact of any fare or major service change require a minority population to bear adverse effects fifteen percent or greater of a cumulative impact compared to those adverse effects borne by the nonminority population, that impact will be deemed a disparate impact.

Disproportionate Burden

Current Definition:

Should the burden of any fare or major service changes require a low-income population to bear adverse effects twenty-five percent (+/- 12.5) percent or greater of the cumulative burden compared to the effects borne by the non-low-income population that impact will be considered a disproportionate burden.

Proposed Definition:

Should the burden of any fare or major service changes require a low-income population to bear adverse effects fifteen percent or greater of the cumulative burden compared to the effects borne by the non-low-income population, that impact will be considered a disproportionate burden.

Metro will hold three (3) meetings for the public to attend and share their comments on these proposed changes. The meetings will be held in an open-house format on the following days and times:

Saturday, October 15th – 10-11 a.m.
MCC South Transit Center
2801 Edward Babe Gomez Ave, Omaha, NE 68105

Tuesday, October 18th – 5-6 p.m.
UNO Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center
6400 University Dr. S, Omaha, NE 68182

Thursday, October 20th – 12-1 p.m.
Metro’s Office
2222 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68102

Spanish translation will be available at all meetings. Attendees with communication or accommodation needs such as other interpreting services, auxiliary aids, or readers must call 402.341.7560 ext. 2320 or email outreach@ometro.com at least two working days prior to a meeting so appropriate arrangements can be made. To request foreign language translation other than Spanish, please call at least 72 hours prior to the open houses.

Members of the public who are unable to attend any of the meetings can also submit comments through the comment box below or by mail to the following address:

Title VI Comments
2222 Cuming Street
Omaha, NE 68102

The public comment period runs from Monday, October 10th through Monday, October 24th.

Metro’s current Title VI plan can be viewed here.

Please share your comments regarding the Title VI Plan updates