Title VI Policy Statement
As a provider of public transportation whose employees have extensive daily contact with the public, Pasco County Public Transportation (GOPASCO) recognizes its responsibility to the community it serves and is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination. GOPASCO works to ensure nondiscriminatory transportation in support of our mission to provide effective and efficient management and delivery of public, specialized and coordinated transportation services in Pasco County.
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin in programs and activities receiving Federal financial assistance. Specifically, Title VI provides that “no person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” (42 U.S.C. Section 2000d).
The Environmental Justice component of Title VI guarantees fair treatment for all people and provides for PCPT to identify and address, as appropriate, disproportionately high and adverse effects of its programs, policies, and activities on minority and low-income populations, such as undertaking reasonable steps to ensure that Limited English Proficiency persons have meaningful access to the programs, services, and information PCPT provides.
Environmental Justice Regulations are:
(a) To avoid, minimize, or mitigate disproportionately high and adverse human health and environmental effects, including social and economic effects, on minority populations and low-income populations;
(b) To ensure the full and fair participation by all potentially affected communities in the transportation decision-making process;
(c) To prevent the denial of, reduction in, or significant delay in the receipt of benefits by minority and low-income populations.
Transportation Administrative Manager has been designated as GOPASCO’s Civil Rights Liaison, responsible for civil rights compliance and monitoring to ensure non-discriminatory provision of transit services and programs. The Transportation Administrative Manager is also responsible for implementing all aspects of the Title VI Program. However, along with the Transportation Manager, all transportation supervisors and their staff share in the responsibility for making GOPASCO’s Title VI Program a success. Implementation of the Title VI Program is accorded the same priority as compliance with all other legal obligations incurred by GOPASCO in its financial assistance agreements with the Department of Transportation.
To request a copy of this agency’s Title VI program contact GOPASCO. Any person who believes they have been discriminated against under Title VI has the right to file a formal complaint within 180 days of the alleged discrimination. Individuals and organizations may file a complaint with the Federal Transit Administration’s Office of Civil Rights or by filling out the Title VI complaint form.
The complaint form should be completed, signed and sent to the Title VI Liaison at:
Pasco County Public Transportation
8620 Galen Wilson Boulevard
Port Richey, Florida 34668
Please read the Title VI Complaint Procedures prior submitting your form.