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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

FTA Seeks Comment on Proposed ADA Circulars for Fixed Route, Paratransit, other Transit Modes by Jan 12, 2015

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has released for public comment proposed circulars that provide guidance to transportation providers on fulfilling requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Under the ADA, the FTA regulates and enforces requirements for transportation services, vehicles, and facilities covered by the law. The proposed circulars are intended to explain and clarify requirements contained in FTA's ADA regulations. They do not amend or alter the substance of these regulations.

The proposed circulars comprise 7 chapters covering:
  • transportation facilities (Chapter 3)
  • fixed route service (Chapter 6) 
  • demand responsive service (Chapter 7)
  • paratransit eligibility (Chapter 9)
  • passenger vessels (Chapter 10) 
  • other transit modes (Chapter 11), and oversight
  • complaints, and monitoring (Chapter 12) 
These proposed chapters will join those FTA previously issued addressing applicability (Chapter 1), general requirements (Chapter 2), vehicle acquisition (Chapter 4), equivalent facilitation (Chapter 5), and complementary paratransit service (Chapter 8). In addition, FTA is proposing to add content on monitoring practices to the Chapter 2 and 8 circulars.

Comments are due January 12, 2015. A notice published in the Federal Register provides further details.

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