Obama Administration releases new transportation guidance

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Accessible Transportation Guidelines Released

The Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration released a new “ADA Circular” on October 5: a guidance document for public transit agencies, detailing their responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“We have made great progress in advancing accessible public transportation, but we still have work to do,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a news release. “We must ensure that Americans of all ages and abilities can access our nation’s transportation system. Today’s guidance reinforces our commitment to full implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.”

The 298-page document does not supersede any existing guidance. Rather, the report offers a range of explanatory scenarios and sample templates for buses and railroads.

Among the areas covered in the report are laws, nondiscrimination statutes, various service requirements, and architectural standards for vehicle and transit stations, among other structures.

“One of the important jobs we do at FTA is to ensure mobility for everyone, and this ADA Circular will help do just that,” said FTA Acting Administrator Therese McMillan in the news release. “For people of all abilities and ages, public transportation provides a lifeline to jobs, education and medical care. We need to maintain these ladders of opportunity for all.”

The full report can be read here [PDF].