Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin in programs and activities receiving Federal financial assistance.  Specifically, Title VI provides that “no person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance” (42 U.S.C. Section 2000d).

COTA is committed to ensuring that no person is excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of its transit services on the basis of race, color, or national origin, as protected by Title VI in the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Circular 4702.1B. If you feel you are being denied participation in or being denied benefits of the transit services provided by COTA, or otherwise being discriminated against because of your race, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability, you may contact:

​Diego B. Songsong, Title VI Coordinator 
Commonwealth Office of Transit Authority
2nd Floor, Suite 216, Marianas Business Plaza
Caller Box 10007, Saipan, MP 96950
Tel: (670) 664-2682
Fax: (670) 664-2692
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: http://www.cota.gov.mp

A complainant may file a Title VI complaint directly with the following offices:

Federal Transit Administration Office of Civil Rights
Attention: Title VI Coordinator
East Building, 5 th Floor-TCR
1200 New Jersey Ave., SE Washington, DC 20590
If information is needed in another language, contact 670-664-2682.

Title VI Program Objectives:

  • Ensure that the level and quality of public transportation service is provided in a nondiscriminatory manner;
  • Promote full and fair participation in public transportation decision-making without regard to race, color, or national origin;
  • Ensure meaningful access to transit-related programs and activities by persons with limited English proficiency. 

COTA Title VI Complaint Procedures Information

If you believe that you are excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination under, any COTA program, you may file a Title VI complaint with COTA within 180 days of from the date of the alleged discrimination.  Please contact COTA at 670-664-2682, or download complaint form below.

For more information about the Title VI Complaint Procedures, please download and read the document first before filing a complaint.

pdfCOTA Title VI Complaint Procedures & Form Download