Riders using public transit are given equal access, seating and treatment without regard to age, sex, sexual preference, gender, gender expression or identity, race, color, national origin, or disability. These rights also apply to service frequency, vehicle age and quality, and bus stop quality.
Rider Rights: Notice to the Public
NAIPTA is committed to ensuring that no person is excluded from participation in or denied the benefits of its services on the basis race, color, or national origin (including Limited English Proficiency), as provided by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, or on the basis of age, sex/gender, ability, gender identity or expression, and sexual orientation as provided by other civil rights statutes.
NAIPTA’s objective is to:
- Ensure that the level and quality of transportation service is provided without regard to age, sex/gender, ability, race, color, national origin, gender identify or expression, and sexual orientation;
- Promote the full and fair participation of all affected populations in transportation decision making;
- Prevent the denial, reduction, or delay in benefits related to programs and activities that benefit minority populations or low‐income populations;
- Ensure meaningful access to programs and activities by persons with limited English proficiency.
Northern Arizona Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority (NAIPTA) grants all citizens equal access to all its transportation services. It is further the intent of NAIPTA, that all citizens are aware of their rights to such access. This information is to serve as an educational tool for citizens so that they may understand one of the civil rights laws that protect their benefit of NAIPTA programs and services, specifically, as it relates to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
What is Title VI?
Title VI is a section of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 requiring that “No person in the United States 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 any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” Note that Title VI does not address age, sex/gender, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation discrimination. It only covers race, color and national origin. Other Civil Rights laws, including state and local regulations prohibit these forms of discrimination.
Who are Limited English Proficient Persons?
Persons who do not speak English as their primary language and who have limited ability to read, speak, write, or understand English can be limited English proficient, or “LEP.” These individuals may be entitled to language assistance with respect to a particular type of service, benefit, or encounter.
Different treatment based on a person’s inability to speak, read, write, or understand English may be a type of national origin discrimination.
For more information
To request additional information on NAIPTA’s Title VI and other anti-discrimination obligations or if information is needed in languages other than English, please contact NAIPTA Civil Rights Division or NAIPTA’s Administrative Director at:
- phone (928) 679-8900
- TTY (800) 367-8939
- fax (928) 779-6868
- email email@example.com
How do I file a complaint?
If you believe that you have received discriminatory treatment by the NAIPTA on the basis of your age, sex, ability, race, color, national origin, and sexual orientation, you have the right to file a complaint with the NAIPTA Administrative Director in the Civil Rights Division. The complaint must be filed no later than 180 calendar days of the alleged discriminatory incident.
Methods of filing a Complaint
The preferred method is to file your complaint in writing using the Title VI Complaint Form, and sending it to:
NAIPTA Civil Rights Division
Attn: Administrative Director
3773 N Kaspar Dr
Flagstaff, AZ 86004
Or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Complaints must include the complainant(s) name, address, and phone number. The complaint must be signed by the complainant(s). For complaints submitted via email, the email address and complainant(s) name will be treated as the complainant(s) signature.
Verbal complaints will be accepted and transcribed by the Civil Rights Division. To make a verbal complaint, call (928) 679-8908. Complainant(s) will receive a copy of transcribe complaint for verification and the complainant(s) must return a signed copy to initiate an investigation.
All complaints will be acknowledged in writing within 3 business days of the receipt of the signed complaint and the acknowledgement will include whether the complaint is to be investigated by NAIPTA or referred to external entities.
Complaints may also be filed with external entities The Federal Transit Administration at www.fta.dot.gov; the Arizona Department of Transportation Civil Rights Office at http://azdot.gov/business/civil-rights/contact-us-new; or Equal Employment Opportunity Commission at www.eeoc.gov. Please review information on the respective agency websites for details on filing Title VI complaints.
Should a complaint be filed with NAIPTA and an external entity simultaneously, the external complaint shall supersede the NAIPTA complaint and the NAIPTA’s complaint procedures will be suspended pending the external entity’s findings.
Should NAIPTA receive a complaint related to NAIPTA’s program provided through Arizona Department of Transportation Section 5310 or 5311 funding, specifically vanpools or taxi vouchers, NAIPTA will notify ADOT within 72 hours via telephone at 602.712.8946; or email at email@example.com.
- NAIPTA Title VI Plan
- Non-Discrimination Complaint Process
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