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NORTN COUNTY ^ <br />TRANSIT DISTRICT - <br />Board Policy No. 30 <br />Threshold for Major Service Change <br />Summary <br />This policy describes the threshold for a major service change <br />Background <br />The requirement of this policy comes from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Circular <br />4702.1 B, "Title VI Requirements and Guidelines for Federal Transit Administration Recipients," <br />which became effective October 1, 2012. The Circular requires any FTA recipient that operates <br />fifty (50) or more fixed route vehicles in peak service and serves a population of 200,000 or <br />greater to evaluate any fare change and any major service change at the planning and <br />programming stages to determine whether those changes have a discriminatory impact. <br />The purpose of this policy is to establish a threshold that defines a major service change and to <br />define an adverse effect caused by a major service change. <br />Definition <br />Major service change — All proposed changes to existing routes, whereby route miles or <br />revenue miles are changed in excess of twenty-five (25) percent of their current configurations, <br />measured as happening at one time, or cumulatively within a single year. Changes in number <br />of daily trips that exceed twenty-five (25) percent are also considered a major service change. <br />Finally, elimination or addition of a route qualifies as a major service change. <br />Exemptions <br />LIFT paratransit service is exempt from the "major service change" definition because of the <br />regulations pursuant to the provision of Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) <br />paratransit service set forth in ADA. <br />Temporary and seasonal services are exempt from the "major service change" definition. <br />Temporary service is defined as a new or modified route that is placed into revenue service for <br />less than twelve (12) months with a defined set of measures that must be achieved to remain in <br />service. If the service meets the criteria and will remain past 12 months, then NCTD will conduct <br />a Title VI service equity analysis for this service. Seasonal service is defined as service <br />operated less than twelve (12) months that is provided to accommodate loads related to <br />seasonal events (e.g., San Diego Fair). <br />Notice <br />NCTD is required to hold a public hearing for all major service changes. The public hearing will <br />be advertised at a minimum 30 days in advance through means set forth in NCTD Board Policy <br />No. 5. <br />Page 1 of 3