Federal compliance for transit - Title VI

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related nondiscrimination authorities provides that no person in the United States be discriminated against under any federally funded program or activity based on race, color, national origin, disability, sex, age, religion, income status or limited English proficiency (LEP).


The obligation of Title VI applies to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Transit Section as a recipient of federal funds and subrecipients, such as cities, counties, and grantees that receive federal funds from WisDOT. Moreover, when an agency or unit of government accepts federal funds, all its programs and activities are subject to Title VI requirements, regardless of their funding source.

If any transportation program or activity receives federal funding from WisDOT, it must comply with Title VI. The program or activity must:

  • Ensure the level and quality of services is provided in a nondiscriminatory manner.
  • Make transportation decisions without regard to race, color, or national origin.
  • Ensure meaningful access to transportation related programs for persons with limited-English proficiency.
  • Develop and implement a Title VI Plan.




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WisDOT Compliance Manager

Becky Soderholm
Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Bureau of Transit, Local Roads, Railroads and Harbors
(608) 266-1650