Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE’s) Program Policy Statement
Western Piedmont Regional Transit Authority shall not discriminate in any manner on the basis of race, color, or national origin, and shall take all reasonable steps to ensure that certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE’s) have the maximum opportunity to participate in the performance of contracts financed, in whole or in part, with financial assistance from the United States Department of Transportation (DOT), acting through such agencies as the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Western Piedmont Regional Transit Authority shall implement this DBE Program in accordance with Part 26 of Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations entitled “Participation by Disadvantaged Business Enterprises in Department of Transportation Programs.”
The objectives of the WPRTA DBE Program are:
- To ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of DOT-assisted contracts;
- To ensure that the DBE program is narrowly tailored in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws;
- To ensure that only firms fully meeting the eligibility requirements of the DBE program are permitted to participate;
- To help create a level playing field on which DBEs can fairly compete for DOT-assisted contracts;
- To help remove barriers to the participation of DBEs in DOT-assisted contracts;
- To help and assist in the development of firms that can compete successfully in the marketplace outside of the DBE program; and
- To provide appropriate flexibility to establish and provide DBEs opportunities to participate in DOT-assisted contracts in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.
These objectives will be implemented through WPRTA’s DBE Program utilizing race-neutral measures to the maximum extent feasible.
Western Piedmont Regional Transit Authority (WPRTA) Title VI Policy
WPRTA is committed to ensuring that no person is excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of its services on the basis of race, color or national origin as protected by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended.
No person or group of persons will be discriminated against with regard to fares, routing, scheduling, or quality of transportation service that WPRTA / Greenway Public Transportation furnishes, on the basis of race, color or national origin. Frequency of service, age and quality of Greenway Public Transportation vehicles assigned to routes, quality of Greenway Pubic Transportation stations serving Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, and Catawba counties, and the cities of Conover, Hickory and Newton, and location of routes will not be determined on the basis of race, color or national origin.
For additional information on Western Piedmont Regional Transit Authority’s obligation regarding non-discrimination, please write to:
Western Piedmont Regional Transit Authority
Title VI Coordinator
P.O. Box 459
Conover, N.C. 28613
or contact the Title VI Coordinator by calling 828-464-9444
Any person who believes that he or she has individually, or as a member of any specific class of person, been subjected to discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin may file a Title VI complaint with WPRTA. The complaint may be filed by mail, PO Box 459, Conover, NC 28613 or by calling 828-464-9444.
The complaint must be filed within 180 days of the date of the alleged discrimination. Written complaints may be sent to the address shown above. In addition to the Title VI complaint process at WPRTA, a complainant may file a Title VI complaint with the Federal Transit Administration, Office of Civil Rights, Regional IV, 230 Peachtree, NW Suite 800, Atlanta, GA 30303.