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DDOT taking comments on how they take comments for Circulator’s future

A year after the D.C. Department of Transportation released a ten-year expansion plan for the Circulator bus system, the proposed routes are open to public feedback.

DDOT is seeking comment on everything from the routes and buses to even the proposed changes to their required policies under Title VI of the Civil Rights act of 1964.

According to DDOT’s Senior Transportation Planner, Circe Torruellas, the push for public feedback on the Circulator buses is relatively new. In the past, when the Circular routes serviced only a small part of D.C., DDOT would simply create a new route without much public discussion. Now that Circulator is expanding throughout the city, feedback has become much more important. This shift in policy is reflected in the proposed changes to the Title VI policy.

“Title VI looks at major service changes and fares that impact minority and low income riders in a way that’s disproportionate to somewhere else in the city where no low income or minorities live,” said Torruellas. “Since DDOT receives federal funds, we’re required to establish Title VI policies to make sure that if there is any service change or fare change or anything like that that could impact a rider, we capture that feedback.”

In other words, DDOT is collecting feedback on the way they collect feedback from minorities.

They are collecting comments on their Title VI policies until November 13th at this email.

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