Federal compliance for transit - Title VI

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) ensures compliance with a variety of civil rights laws and executive orders which prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability and age in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance. Title VI is a federal statute and provides that no person in the United States, on the grounds 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.


Any programs or activities that receive federal transit funding must comply with Title VI. Any agency receiving federal dollars either directly from FTA (Federal Transit Administration), indirectly through WisDOT or both, must:

  • Promote full and fair participation in transportation decision-making without regard to race, color or national origin
  • Ensure meaningful access to transit-related programs and activities by persons with limited English proficiency
  • Ensure the level and quality of transportation service is provided in a nondiscriminatory manner
  • Prepare and submit a Title VI Plan.
  • Submit plans electronically to Becky Soderholm, becky.soderholm@dot.wi.gov, (608) 266-1650




State requirements

WisDOT Civil rights and compliance

Federal requirements

FTA Circular 4702.1B (October 1, 2012)

Environmental Justice Policy Guidance for Federal Transit Administration Recipients 4703.1

Overview of Final Circular 4702.1B Title VI Requirements and Guidelines for Recipients

MAP-21, Public Law 112-141 (October 1, 2012)

Limited English Proficiency (LEP), Presidential Executive Order 13166 (August 11, 2000)

Other helpful resources

Wisconsin Relay Captioned Telephone/Internet Service

Wisconsin Relay Spanish Telephone/Internet Service

US DOT LEP guidance

American Fact Finder