Hearing Notice – Metropolitan Council

Metropolitan Council
Notice of Public Hearings on Regional Title VI Policies
The Metropolitan Council will hold several public hearings on proposed policies to define the procedures related to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which states: “no person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color or national origin, be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” As required by the Federal Transit Administration’s new Title VI Circular 4702.1B, the Council will hold hearings on proposed policies related to “major service change,” “disparate impact,” and “disproportionate burden.”
The circular affects transit providers receiving federal funding in urbanized communities of more than 200,000 people and operating at least 50 vehicles during peak service hours. These agencies must establish policies that define the threshold for major service changes and the determination of disparate impact/disproportionate burden applied to Title VI equity analyses. This requirement affects services provided by the Metropolitan Council (including Metro Transit and Metropolitan Transportation Services), the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority (MVTA) and possibly SouthWest Transit. Policies must be approved by March 31, 2013.
All interested persons are encouraged to attend the meetings and offer comments. Those attending may register in advance to speak by calling the Council at 651-602-1140.
Upon request, the Metropolitan Council will provide reasonable accommodations to persons with disabilities. Two weeks advance notice, indicating the specific accommodation needed, is appreciated. Please include the date, place and time of the hearing you will attend.
The hearings will be held at the following times and locations:
• Feb. 6: 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Southwest Station
13500 Technology Drive, Eden Prairie
Served by Routes 684, 690, 695, 698
• Feb. 7: 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Dakota County Library – Burnhaven Branch
1101 W. County Road 42, Burnsville
Served by Route 444
• Feb. 9: 12:30 to 2 p.m.
Hennepin County Library – Augsburg Park Branch
7100 Nicollet Avenue, Richfield
Served by Route 18
• Feb. 12: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Minneapolis Urban League
2100 Plymouth Ave. N., Minneapolis
Served by Routes 7, 19
• Feb. 13: 6 to 7:30 p.m.
St. Paul Eastside YMCA
875 Arcade Street, St. Paul
Served by Route 61
Additional public meetings may also be scheduled. Visit www.metrocouncil.org for additional information.
The Council will also receive comments on the proposed policies through Feb. 25 as follows (comments must be received by 5 p.m.):
• Written comments: Metropolitan Council
390 N. Robert St., St. Paul, 55101
• Fax comments to: 651-602-1464
• Send TTY comments to: 651-291-0904
• Email: public.info@metc.state.mn.us
• Record comments on Council’s Public Comment Line at
651-602-1500
Staff will review public comment and evaluate changes to the proposed policies to address the comments submitted by the public. A recommendation for final adoption of the policies will be brought before the Metropolitan Council in March.
(Published in The Waconia Patriot Dec. 27, 2012)

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