Notice of Nondiscrimination Rights and Protections to Beneficiaries
Federal “Title VI/Nondiscrimination” Protections
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) operates its programs, services, and activities in compliance with federal nondiscrimination laws including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, and related statutes and regulations. Title VI prohibits discrimination in federally assisted programs and requires that no person in the United States of America shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin (including limited English proficiency), be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal assistance. Related federal nondiscrimination laws administrated by the Federal Transit Administration prohibit discrimination on the basis of age, sex, and disability. These protected categories are contemplated within the MBTA Title VI Program consistent with federal interpretation and administration. Additionally, the MBTA provides meaningful access to its programs, services, and activities to individuals with limited English proficiency, in compliance with US Department of Transportation policy and guidance on federal Executive Order 13166.
State Nondiscrimination Protections
The MBTA also complies with the Massachusetts Public Accommodation Law, M.G.L. c 272 §§ 92a, 98, 98a, prohibiting making any distinction, discrimination, or restriction in admission to or treatment in a place of public accommodation based on race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, or ancestry. Likewise, the MBTA complies with the Governor’s Executive Order 526, section 4 requiring all programs, activities, and services provided, performed, licensed, chartered, funded, regulated, or contracted for by the state shall be conducted without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, disability, veteran's status (including Vietnam-era veterans), or background.
To request additional information regarding Title VI and related federal and state nondiscrimination obligations, please contact:
MBTA Customer Communications
10 Park Plaza Room
5610 Boston, MA 02116