Any person who believes she or he has been discriminated against on the basis of race, color, or national origin by Whatcom Transportation Authority (WTA) may file a Title VI complaint by completing and submitting WTA’s Title VI Complaint Form.
WTA investigates complaints received no more than 180 days after the alleged incident. WTA will process complaints that are complete. Once the complaint is received, WTA will review it to determine if our office has jurisdiction. The complainant will receive an acknowledgement letter informing her/him whether the complaint will be investigated by our office. WTA has 30 days to investigate the complaint. If more information is needed to resolve the case, WTA may contact the complainant. The complainant has 15 business days from the date of the letter to send requested information to the investigator assigned to the case. If the investigator is not contacted by the complainant or does not receive the additional information within 15 business days, WTA can administratively close the case. A case can be administratively closed also if the complainant no longer wished to pursue their case.
After the investigator reviews the complaint, she/he will issue one of two letters to the complainant: a closure letter or a letter of finding (LOF). A closure letter summarizes the allegations and states that there was not a Title VI violation and the case will be closed. An LOF summarizes the allegations and the interviews regarding the alleged incident, and explains whether any disciplinary action, additional training of the staff member, or other action will occur. If the complainant wished to appeal the decision, she/he has 30 days after the date of the letter or the LOF to do so.
A person may also file a complaint directly with Federal Transit Administration, at:
FTA Office of Civil Rights
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20590
If information is needed in another language, please contact 360-676-RIDE.