Here’s the news from Metro CEO Art Leahy’s daily e-mail to staff:
In January and June 2011, the Bus Riders Union (BRU) filed complaints with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Executive Order #12898 on Environmental Justice regarding transit service reductions and fare changes. The BRU requested an FTA investigation of possible Title VI and Environmental Justice violations at Metro.
The FTA made a decision to close the complaint without an investigation and to await the results from a Title VI compliance review of Metro begun in July of 2011. The timing of the review was also due to an overall heightened awareness of Title VI Environmental Justice issues by the FTA. Similar reviews were held this year at other agencies in California such as the San Diego Association of Governments and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission in the Bay Area.
The BRU appealed the FTA decision to close the complaint without an investigation. Last week, the FTA advised the BRU that there is no avenue for appeal of a decision not to open an investigation. FTA reiterated to the BRU that a copy of Compliance Review Report will be provided when it is ready.