Today's Date: March 2, 2024
Strong Tower Consulting Named One of the Best Places to Work in Consulting   •   Standing Buffalo and Canada sign roadmap to advance reconciliation and rebuild their relationship   •   AHF Opens Food Pantry for San Diego Veterans   •   University of Phoenix Continues Nationwide Networking Series, "Small Bites, Big Connections," Fostering Alumni Community Bonds   •   Pittsburgh 12th Grader Selected to Join Million Girls Moonshot Flight Crew   •   Croptimistic Releases Inaugural Sustainability Report   •   Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Launches Ninth Annual Make March Matter® Fundraising Campaign   •   Mexico City's Night Sky Lights Up With Opening of Scientology Church for Del Valle   •   Barnes & Noble Education Receives Continued Listing Standard Notice From NYSE   •   Canada is connecting more than 150 Northwest Territories households to high-speed Internet and bringing mobile connectivity to r   •   The Family Initiative (TFI) Becomes One of the Largest Community-Based Care Child Welfare Agencies in the U.S.   •   Minister Qualtrough announces investments in sport and physical activity opportunities for Indigenous communities   •   /C O R R E C T I O N -- Lexus/   •   Calvin Klein Fragrances announces Idris and Sabrina Elba as the face of new Calvin Klein ETERNITY AROMATIC ESSENCE fragrance cam   •   1,000 Dream Fund Kicks Off Women's History Month Celebration with Twitch Charity Fundraiser in Partnership with Twitch Women's U   •   Ventas to Participate in Investor Meetings at Citi 2024 Global Property CEO Conference   •   WM Elects Tom Bené to Board of Directors   •   Duncan's First Nation celebrates the opening of a new water treatment plant   •   Robust AI: Transforming Education and Healthcare with AI-Powered Teacher Apps   •   EMPOWER Leads Foster Care Services for All Children and Families in the Metroplex East Region
Bookmark and Share

FTA Carries On Rosa Parks Legacy

 

WASHINGTON - It has been 55 years since Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat in Montgomery, Alabama. In the ensuing years, the Federal Transit Administration has worked not only to eliminate all discriminatory barriers on the nation’s public transit systems, but also to encourage members of minority and lower-income communities to participate in the public transportation planning process.

“In just a few decades, the FTA has helped to transform transit from a separate-but-equal enterprise in much of the country to an industry that strives to serve and be equally accessible to all,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

Among FTA’s responsibilities is overseeing the implementation of civil rights laws and regulations in the nation’s transit agencies. These laws include Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance. The FTA is leading efforts to continuously improve accessibility for the nation’s disabled transit riders.

“The FTA is proud to carry on the legacy of Rosa Parks every day as we ensure that all transit riders are treated with dignity and respect and have equal access to transit,” said FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff. “No one should ever be prevented from connecting with their families, meeting friends, or visiting their local downtown centers. FTA will continue to work diligently to safeguard the civil rights of all transit riders in every community, so they may benefit from the taxpayer investments being made in public transportation across the country today.”

In addition to making historically high levels of investment in accessible transit that will serve a record number of riders across all geographic, economic and ethnic lines, the FTA also:

• Investigates civil rights complaints against transit agencies.

• Conducts workshops on civil rights requirements for federally-funded transit providers.

• Sponsors research to find ways to engage the public, including members of minority and lower-income communities, in the public transportation planning process.

• Funds research on the impacts of public transportation planning, investment and operations on transit-dependent lower-income and minority populations. Research includes the development of strategies to advance economic and community development in low-income and minority areas, as well as the development of training programs to promote the employment of lower-income and minority residents on federally-funded transportation projects.

• Requires that before any transit project is built, the project sponsor must first determine whether minority populations, lower-income populations, or Indian tribes would suffer disproportionately high adverse health or environmental effects.

The FTA annually provides approximately $10 billion in federal funding through grants for a variety of locally planned, constructed, and operated public transportation systems throughout the United States, including buses, subways, light rail, commuter rail, streetcars, monorail, passenger ferry boats, inclined railways, or people movers. The agency is also charged with ensuring that grant recipients are in compliance with federal laws and regulations.


STORY TAGS: BLACK, AFRICAN AMERICAN, MINORITY, CIVIL RIGHTS, DISCRIMINATION, RACISM, , RACIAL EQUALITY, BIAS, EQUALITY, culture

Video

White House Live Stream
LIVE VIDEO EVERY SATURDAY
Breaking News
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Video

LIVE BROADCASTS
Sounds Make the News ®
WAOK-Urban
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
KPFA-Progressive
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
WVON-Urban
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
WADO-Spanish
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
WOL-Urban
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News