Loudoun County Transit: Proposed Title VI Policy Change

Loudoun County is in the process of updating its Title VI Program for the 2023-2026 reporting period. For this program, Loudoun County Transit is reevaluating its major service change, disparate impact, and disproportionate burden policies. 

The proposed policy for the upcoming reporting period is as follows:

2023-2026 Title VI Program

Major Service Change Policy
Loudoun County Transit is proposing a refinement to the major service change policy for Local, Metro Connection, and Commuter Bus service. This policy is important because it defines the thresholds for evaluating whether changes to bus service have a discriminatory impact based on race, color, or national origin and/or income.

The revised policy for the Title VI 2023-2026 program period defines a major service change as any of the following:  

  • Any change that adds or eliminates a bus route.
  • Any change in service on any individual bus route that would add or eliminate 20 percent or more of the route’s weekly revenue miles. Revenue miles is defined as the number of miles a bus operates while carrying paying passengers.
  • Any change in service on any individual bus route that would add or eliminate 20 percent or more of the route's weekly revenue hours. Revenue hours is defined as the number of hours a bus operates while carrying paying passengers.
  • Any change in service on any individual bus route that would eliminate 15 percent or more of the average daily ridership.
    • Note: This item has been revised for the 2023-2026 Title VI program update. The previous program criteria for service changes that would add 15 percent or more average daily ridership was removed because it is not possible to accurately determine how many more riders will use the new service. 

Disparate Impact Policy
No changes are proposed. 

  • A disparate impact occurs when the difference between the percentage of minority populations in the service area affected by a proposed fare or service change is five percent or greater than the average percentage of minority populations across the system-wide service area. Impact will be reviewed on a cumulative basis. 

Disproportionate Burden Policy
No changes are proposed.

  • A disproportionate burden occurs when the difference between the percentage of low-income households in the service area affected by a proposed fare or service change is five percent or greater than the average percentage of low-income households across the system-wide service area. Impact will be reviewed on a cumulative basis.

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