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File #: 2015-1361   
Type: Policy Status: Passed
File created: 9/1/2015 In control: Board of Directors - Regular Board Meeting
On agenda: 10/22/2015 Final action: 10/22/2015
Title: ADOPT the following Title VI and Environmental Justice Equity Findings: A. Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension to Azusa and related bus service changes which have no Disparate Impact to minority populations and the Disproportionate Burden analysis as identified in Attachment A; and B. Metro Expo Line Extension to Santa Monica and related bus service changes which have no Disparate Impact to minority populations and the Disproportionate Burden analysis as identified in Attachment B.
Indexes: Environmental justice, Exposition Corridor Transit Project Phase 2, Exposition Light Rail Transit Project, Federal Transit Administration, Fixed Guideway, Gold Line Foothill Extension 2A, Guidelines, Metro Exposition Line, Metro Gold Line, Minorities, Policy, Santa Monica, Title VI Requirements, Transfers
Attachments: 1. Attachment A - Equity Evaluation of Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension, 2. Attachment B - Equity Evaluation of Metro Expo Line Extension, 3. Title VI PPT File 2015-1361
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REGULAR BOARD MEETING
OCTOBER 22, 2015

Subject/Action
SUBJECT: TITLE VI AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE EQUITY EVALUATIONS FOR NEW FIXED GUIDEWAYS

ACTION: APPROVE ADOPTION OF THE TITLE VI AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE EQUITY FINDINGS FOR THE METRO GOLD AND EXPO LINES EXTENSIONS

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RECOMMENDATION

Title
ADOPT the following Title VI and Environmental Justice Equity Findings:

A. Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension to Azusa and related bus service changes which have no Disparate Impact to minority populations and the Disproportionate Burden analysis as identified in Attachment A; and

B. Metro Expo Line Extension to Santa Monica and related bus service changes which have no Disparate Impact to minority populations and the Disproportionate Burden analysis as identified in Attachment B.

Issue
ISSUE

The Federal Transit Administration requires equity evaluations for new fixed guideway projects six months prior to revenue operation. The Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension to Azusa has no Disparate Impact to minority populations. A Disproportionate Burden to poverty level persons will result primarily as a consequence of the rail line itself, and cannot be reasonably mitigated. The rail extension will provide significant regional benefits that will outweigh and mitigate the Disproportionate Burden that results from its operation in the extension corridor.

Metro Expo Line Extension to Santa Monica has no Disparate Impact to minority populations and will impose no Disproportionate Burden on poverty populations.

Discussion
DISCUSSION

Federal Transit Administration Circular 4702.1B provides requirements and guidelines for Title VI and Environmental Justice obligations of federal funds recipients. Page IV-21 of these guidelines requires that a service and fare equity evaluation be performed six months prior to the initial operation of a new fixed guideway project.

The service equity analysis must include consideration...

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