PUBLIC NOTICE - SEND YOUR COMMENTS TO ATA
Area Transportation Authority of North Central Pennsylvania
Draft Title VI Plan for the Years 2016 through 2019
The Area Transportation Authority of North Central Pennsylvania serves Cameron Cleafield Elk Jefferson McKean and Potter Counties in North Central Pennsylvania. In addition ATA operates the Clarion Area Transit system at Clarion University.
The Area Transportation Authority of North Central Pennsylvania assures full compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended and its related statutes. No person is excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of its services, or otherwise subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, as provided by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended.
For the purposes of this compliance with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other laws and regulatons ATA has developed a draft Title VI Plan covering the years from 2016 through 2019. ATA seeks public comment and suggestions to help clarify and strengthen the provisions of its updated Title VI Plan. At present this document covers 21 pages of documentation and is available in full as a PDF document for download and printing. The Title VI Plan details the Authority’s statement and policies on non-discrimination, complaint procedures, Limited English Proficiency Plan and Service Standards for Fixed Routes. This Plan, which is expected to be renewed for the period June 1, 2016 through May 31, 2019, will be presented to the ATA Board of Directors for final adoption on May 18, 2016. A PDF copy of the Plan is being made available within this notice. Click on the document cover (right) to download the ATA Title VI Plan (RIGHT)
To provide written comments on the draft ATA Title VI Plan by U.S. Mail:
SEND COMMENTS TO
ATA Title VI Plan 2016
44 Transportation Center
Johnsonburg, Pa 15845-2102
The Area Transportation Authority of North Central Pennsylvania hereby announces its federal FY 2015-2017 Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) goals for operating and construction procurement opportunities of .19% and 1.56% respectively in the ATA service area including of Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, McKean and Potter Counties.
The goal and its rationale are available for inspection from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at its regional headquarters at 44 Transportation Center, Johnsonburg, Pa 15845; its satellite operations offices at 178 Spider Lake Road, DuBois; or 37 Rutherford Run Road, Bradford; or on its website at www.rideata.com for 45 days following the first date of publication of this notice. Written comments on this goal will be accepted for 45 days from the first date of publication.
Comments should be addressed to:
Area Transportation Authority
Attn: Coletta Corioso, Chief Financial Officer
44 Transportation Center, Johnsonburg, Pa 15845
ATA welcomes opportunities to assist minority and woman owned businesses in obtaining certification as a DBE through the Pennsylvania Unified Certification Program.
For more information please visit the website: http://www.paucp.com/
Determining ATA DBE Goals for FYs 2014-2017
As a sub-recipient of federal funds for public transportation, ATA is required to establish DBE goals. These goals must be advertised before adoption by the Board for any public comments which may affect the establishment of the goal.
The following describes the process used to establish proposed goal for the Operating and Construction related opportunities.
Determining Procurement Opportunities
The type of procurement opportunities were first determined for both the operating budget and potential construction projects.
The operating procurement opportunities include the purchase of fuel, fluids, bus parts, tires, office supplies, newspaper subscriptions, radio & TV advertising, telecommunications and other information services, commercial printing, legal, auditing, computer programming, janitorial, landscaping, and catering related activities.
Determining Number of Firms with NAICS Appropriate Codes
After determining that these were the types of opportunities that may be procured for the 3 year period beginning July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2017, the U. S. Census NAICS database was consulted. Appropriate company codes were determined (e.g., 447190 for gasoline stations, 453210 for office supplies, etc.).
The ATA determined that its procurement catchment area included the area in which services are offered (Cameron, Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, McKean and Potter counties) and surrounding counties. This incorporates a seventeen county area from which the number of total firms established with the appropriate codes is counted.
Determining Number of DBE Firms with NAICS Appropriate Codes
The Pennsylvania Unified Certification Program maintains a database of all registered disadvantaged business enterprised as either a Minority Business Enterprise, a Woman-Owned Business Enterprise or both a Minority & Woman Owned Business Enterprise. These firms are certified through authorized agencies. Once certified, the information on the DBE firm is included in the database to determine what firms are offering goods/services as qualified DBE firms.
From the PAUCP DBE database, the number of firms providing goods or services for the catchment area is determined by extracting the number of DBE firms in the 17 counties, and reviewing each one for the appropriate NAICS codes. These firms are counted in the # of DBE firms in the catchment area.
Calculating the DBE Goal
The goal is calculated by divided the number of DBE firms in the catchment area by the total number of firms in the same catchment area. The following are the resulting calculations:
Total Firms in Catchment Area
Total DBE firms in Catchment Area
% of DBE firms to Total Firms