Civil Rights Requirements at Federally Obligated Airports

Airports are subject to myriad civil rights laws, regulations, and programs, some of which have been recently updated. These include the applicable provisions of the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE), the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act (Title VI). Civil rights obligations are a contractual part of the airport environment as a condition of accepting federal funds but are also of increasing importance in order to achieve efficient transparent compliance and enhance community relations. This digest will provide airports with a survey and analysis of civil rights and other related requirements applicable to airports, including DBE/ACDBE, the ADA, and Title VI. The digest should include (1) an overview of the historic legislative authority of the requirements, (2) highlights of legal issues that may arise with the interaction of state and local laws, and (3) programs with these requirements, (4) a discussion of the variations in the implementation of these requirements as a result of federal court decisions, (5) the impacts of recent regulatory changes to these programs, (6) benchmarking best practices for airports in complying with such laws, and (7) relevant emerging issues. It should complement and cross-reference as appropriate, but not duplicate, legal research digests and other ACRP studies concerning these programs and federal grant assurance requirements.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $115000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 11-01, Topic 15-04

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Project Managers:

    Christensen, Jordan

  • Start Date: 20240423
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01917162
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 11-01, Topic 15-04
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Apr 30 2024 10:45AM