BART adopts new public participation plan for minority communities 

BART has submitted an updated Public Participation Plan to federal authorities aimed at addressing some of the communication issues that have come between the agency and the region’s minority community.

Earlier this year, the federal government denied BART a $70 million funding request for a connecting project to the Oakland Airport because the transit agency violated provisions of Title XI, the federal civil right acts that bars discrimination based on color. The federal government stated position was that BART did not do enough do involve minority communities in the planning process.

Since then, BART has engaged in a series of community meetings with minority residents, and the agency compiled a lengthy manual on how it plans to improve its communication methods. The agency submitted the new plan to the federal government late last month.

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