Title VI

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI) prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin in programs that receive federal funding. BART is committed to complying with the requirements of Title VI in all of its federally funded programs and activities.

Policies and Procedures

FTA Title VI Non Discrimination Policy

Any person who believes he or she has been aggrieved by an unlawful discriminatory practice under Title VI may file a complaint with BART. Any such complaint must be in writing and filed with BART within 180 days following the date of the alleged discriminatory occurrence. For information on how to file a complaint, review the files below.

BART Environmental Justice Policy

BART's Environmental Justice Policy

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Title VI Requirements

BART is required to adhere to Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) requirements, including additional Title VI protections for age, sex, and disability.

FHWA Title VI Non Discrimination Policy

Making a Title VI Complaint under FHWA Requirements

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The District's Office of Civil Rights is responsible for providing leadership, direction, and policy to ensure compliance with Title VI under FHWA requirements. Any person who believes he or she has been aggrieved by an unlawful discriminatory practice under Title VI may file a complaint with BART. Any such complaint must be in writing and filed with BART within 180 days following the date of the alleged discriminatory occurrence. For information on how to file a complaint, review the files below.

Title VI Notice: in English |En Español |在中文|한국어로 |Sa Tagalog |Trong tiếng Việt

FHWA Title VI Brochure: in English |En Español |在中文|한국어로 |Sa Tagalog |Trong tiếng Việt

FHWA Title VI Complaint Form: in English |En Español |在中文|한국어로 |Sa Tagalog |Trong tiếng Việt

FHWA Title VI Complaint Procedures: in English |En Español |在中文|한국어로 |Sa Tagalog |Trong tiếng Việt


BART Public Participation Plan

In order to expand public access to our transportation decision-making process, BART initiated an intensive community involvement process and planning effort to develop a Public Participation Plan (PPP). The plan will guide BART's ongoing public involvement endeavors to ensure the most effective means of providing information and receiving public input on transportation issues, with particular emphasis on involving traditionally under-represented groups.


Title VI Program

BART is required to submit a Title VI Civil Rights Program to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) every three years. The Title VI Program documents that services and benefits were provided in a nondiscriminatory basis over the three year-reporting period and must be approved by BART’s Board of Directors prior to submission to FTA.

Hardcopies of all reports are available upon request to: Office of Civil Rights, 300 Lakeside Drive, 16th Floor, Oakland, CA 94612  |  Phone: (510) 464-6752  |  Fax: (510) 464-7587  |  Email: officeofcivilrights@bart.gov

2017-2019 Reporting Period

The current Title VI Civil Rights Program 2019 Triennial Update was adopted by the BART Board on January 23, 2020.

2019 Triennial Program Analyses

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Analyses included in the 2019 Triennial Update

BART Fare Program Title VI Fare Equity Analysis

BART conducted an analysis to study the January 2020 less-than-inflation fare increase, a proposed extension of BART’s current fare increase program, and a potential increase to the 50-cent surcharge on paper ticket (non-Clipper) fares.  Under the proposed extension of the current fare increase program, BART fares would continue to increase below the rate of inflation.  

The Title VI Fare Equity Analysis for the Proposed 2020 Productivity-Adjusted Inflation-Based Fare Increase; Series 3, 2022-28, of the Productivity-Adjusted Inflation-Based Fare Increase Program; and Magnetic-Stripe Surcharge Increase was approved by the BART Board on May 23, 2019.

BART to Silicon Valley Title VI Equity Analysis

Phase I of the BART/VTA Silicon Valley Extension (SVBX) is a 10-mile, two-station extension into Santa Clara County which begins at the Warm Springs/South Fremont station, proceeds through Milpitas, and ends in the Berryessa area of north San Jose. The service will include new stations at Milpitas and Berryessa/North San José.

The Silicon Valley Berryessa Extension Title VI Equity Analysis was approved by the BART Board on May 23, 2019.

BART Proposed Discount Program for Low-Income Adult Riders

In partnership with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, BART is offering a new discount program for low-income adult riders.  Eligible riders would receive a 20% discount on all their BART rides.

The Title VI Fare Equity Analysis for BART's Participation in the Metropolitan Transportation Commission's Regional Means-Based Transit Fare Discount Pilot Program was approved by the BART Board on April 25, 2019.

Title VI Fare Equity Analysis for Discontinuing the BART Discounted Orange Ticket Program for Students at Participating Middle and High Schools

This analysis studied whether the discontinuation of the BART Discounted Orange Ticket Program for youth students would disproportionately impact minority and low-income riders.

The Title VI Fare Equity Analysis for Discontinuing the BART Discounted Orange Ticket Program for Students at Participating Middle and High Schools was approved by the BART Board on June 14, 2018.

BART to Antioch Title VI Equity Analysis

This BART service to Pittsburg Center and Antioch Stations (Project) is approximately 10 miles of new track between the existing Pittsburg/Bay Point BART Station and Antioch at Hillcrest.

The BART to Antioch Title VI Equity Analysis was approved by the BART Board on October 26, 2017.

FY18 Fare Change Options Fare Equity Analysis

To help fund the system’s extensive capital needs, BART has a program of small, inflation-based fare increases every two years. The January 2018 increase was set at 2.7%, with fares rounded to the nearest nickel.  BART also considered revenue-generating options and expense reductions to help balance its FY 2018 operating budget, in addition to the inflation-based fare increase described.

The Title VI Fare Equity Analysis for the Proposed Productivity-Adjusted Inflation-Based Fare Increase and Fiscal Year 2018 Fare Changes effective January 1, 2018 was approved by the BART Board on June 8, 2017.

Youth Discount Title VI Fare Equity Analyses

The region’s operators, including San Francisco Muni and AC Transit, offer youth discounts to riders to age 18. As part of a regional effort to make discounts consistent among operators, this analysis looked at the impacts of different options for extending the eligibility age for a youth discount from BART’s current age 12 to either age 17 or 18.

The Title VI Fare Equity Analysis of Possible Changes to the Fare Discount Offered to Youth Riders was approved by the BART Board on June 8, 2017.

2020-2022 Reporting Period

The Proposed Discontinuance of Sales of Magnetic-Stripe Tickets Fare Equity Analysis

BART conducted an analysis to study the proposed discontinuance of the sales of magnetic-stripe tickets at all BART stations.

The Title VI Fare Equity Analysis of the Proposed Discontinuance of Sales of Magnetic-Stripe Tickets was approved by the BART Board on January 23, 2020.


Archives (pre-2017)

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Hardcopies of all past reports are available upon request to: Office of Civil Rights, 300 Lakeside Drive, 16th Floor, Oakland, CA 94612  |  Phone: (510) 464-6752  |  Fax: (510) 464-7587  |  Email: officeofcivilrights@bart.gov

Title VI Civil Rights Program 2016 Triennial Update

BART is required to submit a Title VI Civil Rights Program to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) every three years. The Title VI Program documents that services and benefits were provided in a nondiscriminatory basis over the three year-reporting period and must be approved by BART’s Board of Directors prior to submission to FTA.

The previous Title VI Civil Rights Program 2016 Triennial Update was approved by the BART Board on January 12, 2017.

The Title VI Civil Rights Program 2013 Triennial Update was approved by the BART Board on January 23, 2013.

Warm Springs Extension Title VI Equity Analysis

The Warm Springs Extension (Project) added 5.4-miles of new track from the Fremont Station south to a new station in the Warm Springs district of the City of Fremont, extending BART’s service in southern Alameda County.

The Warm Springs Extension Title VI Equity Analysis was approved by the BART Board on May 14, 2015.

Below-Inflation Fare Increase to Fund Capital Priorities Scheduled for January 2016

BART has a program of small regular fare increases to generate revenue to help fund the system’s extensive capital needs. The increase amount is determined by averaging national and local inflation over a two-year period and then subtracting 0.5% to account for BART’s productivity improvements. This calculation results in a 2016 fare increase of 3.4%, effective January 1, 2016, with fares rounded to the nearest nickel.

The Title VI Fare Equity Analysis for the Proposed Productivity-Adjusted Inflation-Based Fare Increase was approved by the BART Board on July 23, 2015.

BART-to-Oakland International Airport Title VI Equity Analysis

The BART-to-Oakland International Airport Project (Project) is a 3.2 mile Automated Guideway Transit (AGT) system which provides a rapid transit link between the Coliseum Station and the Oakland International Airport Station (OAK).

The BART to Oakland International Airport Title VI Equity Analysis was adopted by the BART Board on May 8, 2014.