The purpose of the partnership is to respond to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) requirements of developing a management plan for grant opportunity DOT-FTA-WORK. The Conference Of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) presents the dissemination and facilitation of changes and compliance issues with regard to the Department of Transportation (DOT) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Civil Rights Policies.
COMTO apprises recipients of FTA grants, FTA regional staff and other stakeholders of changes to DOT and FTA civil rights policies and to assist FTA grantees by providing them with existing and updated requirements, ensuring compliance with Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act (42 U.S.C. 2000d-1) and related regulations.
The focus group for these initiatives are the FTA grantees, FTA regional staff and other stakeholders previously referenced. To facilitate this program, COMTO utilizes its 39 chapter network, COMTO Small and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) members and a cadre of members whose expertise is substantiated and utilized through their employ as the officers and directors of civil rights and DBE offices at transportation agencies across the United States. COMTO's collaborative/business partners and affiliate members who share an interest in furthering civil rights initiatives will be utilized as sources of cost sharing and additional funding. COMTO has a thirty-seven (37) year history of involvement with civil rights issues and connections to civil rights leaders on a national level. Additionally, COMTO's extensive experience in the planning, logistics and facilitation of both national and regional conferences and meetings, development of panels and workshops and a staff conference manager make COMTO a viable choice to deliver this program with maximum impact to the intended audiences.