The City of Battle Creek will be updating their rules to help keep the transit system free of discrimination.

The Battle Creek City Commission is voting on a resolution next Tuesday which would revise Battle Creek Transit’s Title VI policy laying out how they provide services in a non-discriminatory manner; as Battle Creek Transit gets federal and state grant money, they are required to develop a Title VI policy and update it for review every three years.

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 says that any program that receives federal assistance cannot discriminate based on race, color, or national origin.

The policy lays out the steps a transit customer who feels they have been discriminated against can take to file a complaint, and requires that public notice be placed in such a way that users of BCT services understand their rights.

The Title VI policy also sets rules and requirements to help accommodate individuals using the Transit system who may not be proficient in speaking or understanding English.

Since the last time the policy was updated, the City says no Title VI complaints were received.

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