CDTC's Nondiscrimination Program consists of separate Title VI and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) components. Click for more information below.
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act
Title VI Assurance
The Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC) is committed to ensuring that no person is excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of, its metropolitan transportation planning process on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, or economic status, as protected by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes and regulations. For more detailed information regarding Title VI regulations and CDTC's plan to address them please refer to the Title VI Plan.
Title VI Coordinator
The Capital District Transportation Committee’s Title VI Coordinator is the Executive Director, Michael V. Franchini. He is responsible for Title VI Nondiscrimination activities, instructions, complaints, and reports.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
CDTC's Self Evaluation and Transition Plan analyzes its policies, practices, and procedures. The document contains a nondiscrimination statement as well as a grievance procedure and complaint form. It evaluates CDTC's public meetings policy, its written publications, the office location including access to the office space and toilet rooms, and its website. The Transition Plan specifies improvements CDTC will make or cause to be made, as well as a timeline for those improvements.
As a recipient of federal funding, CDTC must comply with a variety of federal and state legislative regulations. Regarding matters of nondiscrimination on the basis of disability, CDTC falls under two federal laws, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
The ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. Title II of ADA applies specifically to all activities of state and local governments, including metropolitan planning organizations such as the CDTC, and requires that government entities give people with disabilities equal opportunity to benefit from all of the programs, services and activities that may be offered.
As the federally designated metropolitan planning organization, the CDTC must adhere to the standards set forth in Title II, which include both physical accommodations (accessibility to buildings and meetings) and in policies, practices and procedures. Under Title II, the CDTC is required to make reasonable accommodations in order to provide access and to communicate effectively with people who have hearing, vision or speech impairments. Likewise, the CDTC is required to make reasonable modification to policies, practices and procedures where necessary to avoid discrimination.
Persons who believe they have been excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of, the Capital District Transportation Committee’s metropolitan transportation planning process on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, or economic status, as protected by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes and regulations, may file a complaint to the CDTC by sending a written complaint to Executive Director, CDTC, 1 Park Place, Colonie, New York 12205, or by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If information is needed in another language, contact 518-458-2161.
Employee and prospective employee complaints follow CDTC’s Administrative Procedures, provided to all employees and otherwise available from CDTC’s Title VI Coordinator.
The complainant’s identity will only be disclosed with his or her consent. However, we may be unable to investigate allegations without permission to release the complainant’s identity and complaint. After the complainant has authorized the release of his/her name, only those persons directly involved in investigating, processing, or providing pertinent information to establish the facts of a complaint will be made aware of its content or details.
CDTC will reply to all complainants and will investigate all complaints over which CDTC has jurisdiction or control.
In addition to or instead of the CDTC procedure, complaints may also be filed directly with the Federal Highway Administration, at FHWA Office of Civil Rights, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington DC 20590; the Federal Transit Administration, at Federal Transit Administration Office of Civil Rights, Attention Title VI Program Coordinator, East Building, 5th Floor –TCR, 1200 New Jersey Ave., SE, Washington, D.C. 20590; or the New York State Department of Transportation, at Office of Civil Rights, New York State Department of Transportation, 50 Wolf Road, 6th Floor, Albany, New York 12232 or email at OCR-TitleVI@dot.ny.gov.
A formal, written complaint must be filed (see step 2 below) within 30 calendar days of the date the incident occurred or within 30 calendar days of the effective date of the action. The time limits may be extended if the complainant has been prevented by circumstances beyond his/her control from submitting the complaint, within the prescribed period or for other reasons considered sufficient by the CDTC Administrative and Financial Standing Subcommittee.
Step 1: (Optional) Informal Resolution
A person can, if desired, seek an informal (oral) resolution directly with the Executive Director, who is the Title VI Coordinator and the ADA Coordinator. The complainant should note that an informal meeting does not count toward the 30 calendar day deadline for initiating a complaint. Only submission of a formal written complaint within the 30 calendar day deadline will meet the CDTC deadline for initiation of a complaint.
Step 2: Filing of Complaint
A person formally initiates the complaint procedure by filing in writing a complaint with the Executive Director.
The complaint shall be submitted on the following form and should be as complete as possible, but must include the person’s name and contact information, the date of the incident, the identity of the person, program or service that caused the complaint, the basis of the discrimination, and the signature of the person complaining. Upon request, complaints may be received in alternate formats by persons with disabilities.
All complaints against CDTC will not be investigated by CDTC, but will be forwarded to NYSDOT within 10 business days.
A written finding of the merits of the complaint, and remedial actions will be sent to the complainant within 30 calendar days of the filing of the complaint.
Step 3: Appeal of Finding
The complainant has the right to appeal the finding. The appeal is sent to the chairperson of the CDTC Administrative and Financial Standing Subcommittee (A&F). The appeal should include the original complaint as well as an explanation of why the finding and any recommended remedial actions are unsatisfactory.
The chairperson of the A&F Subcommittee will appoint a committee, composed of at least three (3) A&F members, to investigate the appeal. The committee will report its findings and recommendations to the full A&F Subcommittee within sixty (60) calendar days of receiving the appeal. The A&F Subcommittee will then render its decision.
This decision is the final decision within the CDTC structure. Any further action on the complaint must be through the Federal Highway Administration, at FHWA Office of Civil Rights, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington DC 20590; the Federal Transit Administration, at Federal Transit Administration Office of Civil Rights, Attention Title VI Program Coordinator, East Building, 5th Floor –TCR, 1200 New Jersey Ave., SE, Washington, D.C. 20590; or the New York State Department of Transportation, at Office of Civil Rights, New York State Department of Transportation, 50 Wolf Road, 6th Floor, Albany, New York 12232 or email at OCR-TitleVI@dot.ny.gov.