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.
SJTPO is accepting public comments on the Draft 2021 LEP Plan from Thursday, March 4, 2021 to Sunday, April 18, 2021. Please see below for more details on the comment period, including dates for the virtual listening sessions.
Comment on the Draft 2021 LEP Plan
SJTPO is opening a 45-day public comment period for the LEP Plan, Title VI Implementation Plan, and Public Involvement Plan (PIP). These plans guide SJTPO’s outreach process in meeting Civil Rights laws and regulations. The feedback received during the comment period and listening sessions will help staff to update the plans, improving SJTPO’s outreach activities and practices. Here is how to get involved and comment:
- A quick and simple way to provide feedback is to complete a 7-question survey to help SJTPO understand your needs when it comes to staff advertising and scheduling public meetings.
- Attend a one-hour listening session.
- Evening meeting (English)
- Thursday, March 18, 2021 (6:00 PM to 7:00 PM) Registration has closed
- Weekend meeting (Spanish)
- Saturday, March 20, 2021 (10:00 AM to 11:00 AM) Registration has closed
- Evening meeting (English)
- Submit comments via digital or non-digital methods.
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.
- Access for All Transit Plan Executive summary: The Access for All Transit Plan Executive Summary is in development and upon completion will be translated and available here.
- Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) Executive Summary: The RTP 2050 Executive Summary is available in English and Spanish here.
- Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Executive Summary: The Fiscal Year (FY) 2020-2029 TIP Executive Summary is available in English and Spanish here.
- Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) Executive Summary: The Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 UPWP Executive Summary is available in English and Spanish here.
- Public Involvement Plan (PIP) Executive Summary: The PIP Executive Summary will be updated to reflect changes made to the PIP as a result of the current public comment period (March 4, 2021 to April 18, 2021). The current 2020 PIP Executive Summary is available in English and Spanish here.
- Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Plan: The LEP Plan has been translated into Spanish and is available here.
- Environmental Justice (EJ) Plan: The EJ Plan is in development and upon completion the EJ Plan and the Executive Summary in both English and Spanish will be available here.
- The Public Engagement Guide to Transportation Planning in South Jersey: The Guide will be rebranded, updated, and translated and made available on the SJTPO website. The current iteration is 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: Title VI materials include the Title VI Complaint Procedures, Title VI Notice, and Title VI Complaint Form. These materials directly allow the public to understand and exercise their rights under Title VI with regard to SJTPO and are made available in English and Spanish here.
Need the LEP Plan or Another Plan to be Translated?
The LEP Plan and all other SJTPO planning documents and products can be translated into an alternate language. To request a translation, complete the Translation Request form or email TitleVI@sjtpo.org. Please allow a 7-day time period for SJTPO to process any requests.
Accessibility of Documents and Records
All final draft and final approved plans, programs, and studies produced by SJTPO are available online, at the SJTPO office, and all State Depository Libraries in the region, which make major government agency documents available for viewing by the public at no cost.
If, for any reason, an individual is unable to view documents on the SJTPO website, the SJTPO office, or any State Depository Library in the SJTPO region, noncolor copies may be requested. Fees for copies are $0.05 per letter page or $0.07 per legal page. Copies may be picked up at the SJTPO office for no additional charge or mailed at the expense of the receiver. The SJTPO may waive totals under $1.00. Printing and postage costs must be paid by receiver prior to mailing. Checks or money orders must be made out to the South Jersey Transportation Authority (SJTA). Cash is not accepted.