Limited English Proficiency (LEP)
The South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization (SJTPO) is committed to upholding the principles and intentions of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and related nondiscrimination mandates in all SJTPO’s work, including publications, products, communications, public input, and decision making processes. Language barriers may prohibit people who are Limited in English Proficiency (also known as LEP persons) from obtaining services, information, or participating in the public planning processes. To better identify LEP populations and thoroughly evaluate SJTPO’s efforts to provide meaningful access, SJTPO has produced this Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Plan.
LEP Languages in the SJTPO Region
The “Safe Harbor” provision guides languages that SJTPO identifies as LEP languages. This provides a threshold of 1,000 persons or 5 percent of the population as a basis for identifying an LEP population. This determines which languages need to be considered when translating “vital documents” or other materials, dependent on other relevant factors. Information from the US Census Bureau identifies languages groups whose speakers speak English “less than very well.” Based on this data, LEP langauges in the SJTPO regions are as follows:
- Spanish (Primary LEP Language)
- Chinese (Secondary LEP Language)
- Vietnamese (Secondary LEP Language)
- Gujarati (Secondary LEP Language)
- Other Indic Languages* (Secondary LEP Language)
* Other Indic Languages includes a number of languages, but generally refers to Bangali, Hindi, Nepali, Urdu, and Punjabi.
Where LEP Languages Are Spoken
Spanish (Primary LEP Language)
Chinese (Secondary LEP Language)
Vietnamese (Secondary LEP Language)
Gujarati (Secondary LEP Language)
Other Indic Languages (Secondary LEP Language)
SJTPO Vital Documents
SJTPO has identified the following as “vital documents.” These documents will be translated into Spanish, SJTPO’s primary LEP language by default and will translate into secondary languages upon request.
- Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) Executive Summary: Currently RTP 2050 is in development and upon completion the Executive Summary will be translated and available here.
- Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Executive Summary: The TIP Executive Summary is in development and upon completion will be translated and available here.
- Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) Executive Summary: The UPWP Executive Summary was recently completed, the translated version is in development and upon completion will be available here.
- Public Involvement Plan (PIP) Executive Summary: The PIP Executive Summary will be updated to reflect changes related to the development of the LEP Plan; upon completion will be translated and available here.
- Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Plan: The LEP Plan will be translated and made available here.
- The Citizen’s Guide to Transportation Planning in South Jersey: The Citizen’s Guide will be rebranded, updated, and translated and made available on SJTPO’s website. The current iteration is available here.
- Title VI Materials: Materials that directly allow the public to understand and exercise their rights under Title VI with regard to SJTPO will be translated and made available here.