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TONIGHT: Caltrain Seeks Input On Minority and Low-Income Policies

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  • Chris Waddling
    Tuesday, Feb. 26, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. Bayview Opera House 4705 Third St., San Francisco (This is the only meeting being held on this topic in San Francisco. The
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      Tuesday, Feb. 26, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
      Bayview Opera House
      4705 Third St., San Francisco

      (This is the only meeting being held on this topic in San Francisco. The rest are on the Peninsula)

      Caltrain is asking the public for feedback on the levels of fare and service changes that would trigger analysis of impacts to minority and low-income populations. 

      Prior to fare or major service changes, Caltrain engages the public through public meetings held throughout the railroad’s service area.

      In response to new Federal Transit Administration requirements, Caltrain is seeking to adopt a formal policy defining when to analyze impacts and when those impacts are significant. 

      The new requirements are that all transit agencies have a board-adopted Title VI policy. Title VI, of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, protects all people from discrimination, stating: 

      “No person in the United States shall, on the ground 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.”

      The proposed policy sets analysis criteria for two areas: major service changes and unfair or disproportionate impacts to minority and low-income populations. When a fare change or major service change is proposed, Caltrain would conduct analysis based on whether the proposal meets the criteria spelled out below. 

      Caltrain is recommending analysis be required for all fare changes and changes that reduce or add total passenger service by 25 percent or more per day or that reduce or add stops at a specific station by 50 percent per day. The disparate, or unfair, impacts and disproportional burden thresholds are proposed to be triggered whenever the cumulative impact of a change affects minority or low-income populations the agency serves by 10 percent more than other parts of the community. 

      Caltrain will be hosting public meetings at several locations along the rail corridor to receive feedback on the proposal before asking the board to adopt the policies at its April meeting.

      Public meetings include:

      Tuesday, Feb. 19, 6:30 to 8 p.m. 
      Gilroy Senior Center, Meeting Room
      7371 Hanna St., Gilroy

      Thursday, Feb. 21, 10:45 to 11:30 a.m.
      Second floor auditorium
      Caltrain Administrative Offices
      1250 San Carlos Ave., San Carlos

      Tuesday, Feb. 26, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
      Bayview Opera House
      4705 Third St., San Francisco

      Wednesday, Feb. 27, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
      Mountain View City Hall
      Plaza Conference Room
      500 Castro St., Mountain View 

      Caltrain is accepting public comment on these proposals at the meetings or by: 
      U.S. Postal Service:
      Caltrain
      C/o Operations Planning
      P.O. Box 3006
      San Carlos, CA 94070-1306
      Phone: 1.800.660.4287 (TTY: 650.508.6448 for hearing impaired)

      The deadline for public comment is Friday, March 29 at 5 p.m. To view the draft policies, visit www.caltrain.com/TitleVI<http://www.caltrain.com/TitleVI> .

      Hearing impaired and non-English speaking attendees may arrange for sign language or foreign language translation by calling 650.508.6370 at least 72 hours prior to the meetings.
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