Daily Texan – Groups target Cap Metro on civil rights grounds

A Central Texas legal group filed a complaint Thursday against Capital Metro’s proposed bus fare increases, claiming the hike is a violation of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid and the Center for Race, Poverty & the Environment jointly filed the complaint with the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Transit Authority for review on behalf of the nonprofit organization House the Homeless and two Austin residents. The complaint cites Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits any action that disproportionately affects low-income and minority citizens.

“We are asking the federal oversight authorities to review the fare proposal to mitigate or eliminate the disparate impact,” said attorney D’Ann Johnson during a press conference Thursday at the legal aid offices.

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