CONNECTICUT DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
2800 BERLIN TURNPIKE P.O. BOX 317546
NEWINGTON CONNECTICUT, 06131-7546
|FOR RELEASE: August 27, 2015
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CTDOT to Host Public Hearings Concerning the Development of Service and Fare Equity Policies in Accordance with Federal Title VI Requirements
The CTDOT operates a multimodal public transportation network consisting of commuter rail and bus systems, as well as paratransit services, providing over 80 million rides annually. To ensure fairness and equity in the distribution of those services, the Department wishes to engage the public in a collaborative process to develop its public transportation equity policies. The purpose of developing these policies is to ensure that the Department identifies, mitigates and/or minimizes disproportionate negative impacts to minority or economically disadvantaged populations whenever there is a major service change proposal.
The Department is developing a Major Service Change Policy specifically to define what constitutes a “major service change,” for example - a change to fares, routes and/or operations. A major service change requires that the CTDOT conduct a thorough service equity analysis for those proposed changes. Therefore, it is imperative for the Department to specifically define what constitutes a major service change. Smaller, relatively minor service changes will not trigger an analysis.
Subsequently, the Department is in the process of developing a policy for assessing and measuring disparate impact. The policy will define adverse effects and develop thresholds and measures for determining when adverse effects of service changes are borne disproportionately by minority populations compared to impacts borne by non-minority populations.
Additionally, the Department is in the process of developing a policy for assessing and measuring Disproportionate Burden on low-income populations. This policy will establish a threshold for determining when adverse effects of service changes are borne disproportionately by low-income populations. The disproportionate burden threshold defines what is considered a statistically significant disparity.
CTDOT is seeking your input as part of the process to develop these policies. The requirements and standards for developing the policies will be explained in greater detail at the meetings. Times and Locations are listed below; all locations are meet ADA requirements. The Department will make reasonable efforts to accommodate language assistance requests that are received 48 hours prior to the scheduled meeting.
New Haven Tues., Sept. 1, 2015 4:00PM – 6:00PM Kennedy Mitchell Hall of Records
Public Hearing Room (G-2)
200 Orange Street, New Haven
Bridgeport Wed., Sept. 2, 2015 4:00PM – 6:00PM Bridgeport City Hall
45 Lyon Terrace, Bridgeport
Hartford Thurs., Sept. 3, 2015 4:00PM – 6:00PM Hartford Public Library
Center for Contemporary Culture
500 Main Street, Hartford