Title VI is part of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that ensures “no person in the United States shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”
Under Title VI, no federally assisted agency or program can discriminate by…
- Denying services, aid, or benefits
- Providing different services, aid, or benefits, or providing them in a manner different than they are provided to others; or
- Segregating or separately treating individuals in any matter related to the receipt of any service, aid, or benefit.
As a recipient of federal funds, the TPO has the responsibilities of working closely with the region’s transit providers to be sure funds, services, and projects are distributed in a non-discriminatory way. The TPO and the public transit providers, including Knoxville Area Transit (KAT) must prepare a federal Title IV report every three years. These reports document each agency’s Title VI programs and policies.
KAT Title VI ReportKAT understands that transit has a tremendous social impact and can greatly affect individuals, neighborhoods, and communities. KAT strives to have no barriers to its transit services. It is also important to KAT that no barriers exist for persons wanting to access KAT information or wanting the opportunity to participate in public meetings or comment on services and programs. KAT has a strategy that offers early and continuous opportunities for the public to be involved. KAT especially makes opportunities to those persons living or utilizing services in the Title VI identified areas.
Title VI BrochureOur brochure below provides more information about Title VI and your rights. For additional information or to learn how to file a complaint please call or write the TPO. Language interpretive services or document translation are available upon requests. Advance notification required.
TPO Title VI ReportThe Knoxville-Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission ensures compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; 49 CFR, part 26; related statutes and regulations to the end that no person shall be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal assistance from the U.S. Department of Transportation on the grounds of race, color, sex, or national origin.
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
The TPO strives to ensure that disadvantaged (DBE) and small (SBE) businesses have an equal opportunity to receive and participate in contracts funded with federal transportation dollars.