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In response to recent changes made by the Federal Transportation Administration, Capital Metro has proposed policies that will allow the transit authority to examine the impact of major service changes and fare changes to minority and low-income populations. The policies formalize what Capital Metro already does in practice.

Capital Metro seeks public comment on these policies. Attend an open house, or, if you can't attend, you may also call Roberto Gonzalez (512) 369-6035, email feedback@capmetro.org, or participate in our service change policy proposal forum. Please click through our easy-to-navigate forum and provide your feedback and comments on specific proposals no later than Monday, May 13, 2013. The board will consider adoption of the policies on May 20.

Open Houses

  • April 22, 6 – 7:30 p.m. – Windsor Park Library, 5833 Westminster Dr. (Routes 37,300)
  • April 23, 12 – 1:30 p.m. – Capital Metro Transit Store, 323 Congress (All downtown routes)
  • April 23, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. – Carver Library, 1161 Angelina St. (Route 2)
  • April 24, 5:30 – 7 p.m. – Howson Library, 2500 Exposition Blvd. (Route 21/22)
  • April 24, 12:30 2:30 p.m. – Little Walnut Creek Library, 835 W Rundberg Ln. (Routes 1L/1M, 240, 325)
  • April 25, 6 – 7:30 p.m. – ACC South Campus, 1820 W Stassney Ln. (Routes 3, 311)

Public Hearing

  • May 13, 12 – 12:15 p.m. – Capital Metro, 2910 E. 5th St. (Routes 17, 300)

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Capital Metro proposes to establish this Major Service Change Policy in compliance with applicable federal requirements (Title VI of the Civil rights Act 1964, 49 CFR Section 21 and FTA Circular 4702.1B).
 The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) requires that recipients of FTA funding prepare and submit service equity analyses for proposed major service changes. The purpose of this policy is to establish a threshold that defines a major service change and a recipient's definition of an adverse effect caused by a major service change.

 Currently, Capital Metro will consider any service changes that qualify for a public hearing as "major" and in need of analysis under Title VI.  Service changes that require a public hearing are currently defined as:

The establishment of new bus routes A substantial geographical alteration on a given route of more than 25% of its route miles The elimination of any bus service A major modification which causes a 25% or greater change in the number of daily service hours provided

All major service changes will be subject to an equity analysis which includes an analysis of adverse effects. An adverse effect is defined as a geographical or temporal reduction in service which includes but is not limited to: elimination of a route, rerouting an existing route and a decrease in frequency.  Capital Metro shall consider the degree of adverse effects, and analyze those effects, when planning major service changes.

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Disparate Impact Policy Capital Metro proposes to establish this Disparate Impact Policy in compliance with applicable federal requirements (Title VI of the Civil rights Act 1964, 49 CFR Section 21 and FTA Circular 4702.1B).Service Changes

The FTA Circular 4702.1B, requires that recipients of Federal Transit Administration funding prepare and submit service equity analyses for proposed major service changes (defined in Capital Metro's Major Service Change Policy). The purpose of this policy is to establish a threshold which identifies when the adverse effects of a major service change (defined in Capital Metro's Major Service Change Policy) are borne disproportionately by minority populations. The Disparate Impact threshold is described as follows for Capital Metro: Should the burden of any major service change require a minority population/ridership (33% threshold) to bear adverse effects greater or less than 2% than those borne by the non-minority population/ridership, that impact will be considered a disparate impact. Fare Changes

The FTA Circular 4702.1B, requires that recipients of Federal Transit Administration funding prepare and submit fare equity analyses for all proposed fare changes. The purpose of this policy is to establish a threshold which identifies when the adverse effects of a fare change are borne disproportionately by minority populations. The Disparate Impact threshold is described as follows for Capital Metro: Should the burden of any fare change require a minority population/ridership (33% threshold) to bear adverse effects greater or less than 2% than those borne by the non-minority population/ridership, that impact will be considered a disparate impact. Minority Population Definitions:

Census - Minority Population / Total Population = % Minority PopulationMinority Population were identified as : Black or African American + American Indian and Alaska Native + Asian + Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander + Some other race + Two or more Races + Hispanic or Latino (of any race) Ridership - Minority Ridership / Total Ridership = % Minority RidershipMinority Ridership identified as part of 2010 Origin Destination Survey for Capital Metro's Fixed Route System Should a proposed major service change result in a disparate impact, Capital Metro will consider modifying the proposed change to avoid, minimize or mitigate the disparate impact of the change. If Capital Metro finds potential disparate impacts and then modifies the proposed changes in order to avoid, minimize, or mitigate potential disparate impacts, Capital Metro will reanalyze the proposed changes in order to determine whether the modifications actually removed the potential disparate impacts of the changes.  Capital Metro may find that there are no alternatives that would have a less disparate impact on minority riders but would still accomplish the transit provider's legitimate program goals.

The FTA Circular 4702.1B, requires that recipients of Federal Transit Administration funding prepare and submit fare equity analyses for all proposed fare changes. The purpose of this policy is to establish a threshold which identifies when the adverse effects of a fare change are borne disproportionately by minority populations. The Disparate Impact threshold is described as follows for Capital Metro: Should the burden of any fare change require a minority population/ridership (33% threshold) to bear adverse effects greater or less than 2% than those borne by the non-minority population/ridership, that impact will be considered a disparate impact. Minority Population Definitions: Census - Minority Population / Total Population = % Minority PopulationMinority Population were identified as : Black or African American + American Indian and Alaska Native + Asian + Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander + Some other race + Two or more Races + Hispanic or Latino (of any race) Ridership - Minority Ridership / Total Ridership = % Minority RidershipMinority Ridership identified as part of 2010 Origin Destination Survey for Capital Metro's Fixed Route System Should a proposed major service change result in a disparate impact, Capital Metro will consider modifying the proposed change to avoid, minimize or mitigate the disparate impact of the change. If Capital Metro finds potential disparate impacts and then modifies the proposed changes in order to avoid, minimize, or mitigate potential disparate impacts, Capital Metro will reanalyze the proposed changes in order to determine whether the modifications actually removed the potential disparate impacts of the changes.  Capital Metro may find that there are no alternatives that would have a less disparate impact on minority riders but would still accomplish the transit provider's legitimate program goals.

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Disproportionate Burden Policy Capital Metro proposes to establish this Disproportionate Burden Policy in compliance with applicable federal requirements (Executive Order 12898 and FTA Circular 4702.1B). Service Changes The FTA Circular 4702.1B, requires that recipients of Federal Transit Administration funding prepare and submit service equity analyses for proposed major service changes (defined in Capital Metro's Major Service Change Policy). The purpose of this policy is to establish a threshold which identifies when the adverse effects (defined in Capital Metro's Major Service Change Policy) of a major service change are borne disproportionately by low-income populations. For purposes of this policy, low income population is defined as any readily identifiable group of households who are at or below 125% of the Department of Health and Human Services Poverty Guidelines. Fare Changes The FTA Circular 4702.1B, requires that recipients of Federal Transit Administration funding prepare and submit fare equity analyses for proposed fare changes. The purpose of this policy is to establish a threshold which identifies when the adverse effects of a fare change are borne disproportionately by low-income populations. For purposes of this policy, low income population is defined as any readily identifiable group of households who are at or below 125% of the Department of Health and Human Services Poverty Guidelines.
 The disproportionate burden threshold is described as follows: Should the burden of any major service or fare change require a low-income population/ridership (18% threshold) to bear adverse effects greater or less than 2% than those borne by the non-low-income population/ridership, that impact will be considered a disproportionate burden. Low-Income Definitions: Census - Population with Household Income less than $29,999 / Total Population of all Household Income levels = % Low-Income Population According to the Federal Transit Administration, low income is defined as, a person whose median household income is at or below the Department of Health and Human Services' poverty guidelines.  Capital Metro's Planning has referenced poverty as 125% of the federal definition of poverty for a family of four.  The poverty level for a family of four is $21,200 and if a 125% measure, as noted above is applied, it would equate to a threshold of $26,500.  However because information from the survey is collected in $10,000 increments, low income would be referenced mostly as individuals who make less than $29,999.  Capital Metro's Survey does not have information to pinpoint the threshold of $26,500  . Ridership - Ridership with Household Income less than $29,999 / Total Ridership of all Household Income levels = % Low-Income RidershipLow Income Ridership identified as part of 2010 Origin Destination Survey for Capital Metro's Fixed Route System Should a proposed major service change result in a disproportionate burden, Capital Metro will consider modifying the proposed change to avoid, minimize or mitigate the disproportionate burden of the change. If Capital Metro finds a potential disproportionate burden and then modifies the proposed changes in order to avoid, minimize, or mitigate potential disproportionate burden, Capital Metro will reanalyze the proposed changes in order to determine whether the modifications actually removed the potential disproportionate burden of the changes. Capital Metro may find that there are no alternatives that would have a less disproportionate burden on minority riders but would still accomplish the transit provider's legitimate program goals.

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