Title VI Program
Commitment to Nondiscrimination
The City of DeKalb and its public transit provider, the Voluntary Action Center of DeKalb County (VAC), are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in the conduct of its business. This includes its Title VI responsibility to deliver equitable and accessible services. DeKalb and VAC recognize their responsibilities to the communities in which VAC operates.
It is DeKalb and VAC's policy to utilize its best efforts to assure that no person shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under its program of transit service delivery and related benefits.
Title VI prohibits discrimination by recipients of federal financial assistance on the basis of race, color, and national origin, including the denial of meaningful access for Limited English Proficient (LEP) persons. Under Department of Transportation’s Title VI regulations, recipients of federal financial assistance are prohibited from, among other things, using “criteria or methods of administering its program which have the effect of subjecting individuals to discrimination based on their race, color, or national origin.”
For example, racially neutral policies or practices that result in discriminatory effects or disparate impacts violate DOT's Title VI regulations, unless the recipient can show the policies or practices are substantially justified and there is no less discriminatory alternative. In addition, Title VI and DOT regulations prohibit recipients from intentionally discriminating against people on the basis of race, color, and national origin.
Equal Access to Transportation Planning
DeKalb Sycamore Area Transportation Study (DSATS,) the City of DeKalb, and the Voluntary Action Center jointly operate a Title VI program to ensure all residents, workers, and vendors have equal access to involvement in the transportation planning process, access to transportation, and the ability on transportation funded projects.