Americans with Disabilities Act
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunity and access for persons with disabilities.
The Federal Transit Administration works to ensure nondiscriminatory transportation in support of our mission to enhance the social and economic quality of life for all Americans. The FTA Office of Civil Rights is responsible for civil rights compliance and monitoring to ensure nondiscriminatory provision of transit services.
Tips for ADA Compliance
- ADA Standards for Transportation Facilities
- Part 27--Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in Programs or Activities Receiving Federal Financial Assistance
- Part 37--Transportation Services for Individuals with Disabilities
- Part 38--Accessibility Specifications for Transportation Vehicles
- Part 39--Transportation for Individuals with Disabilities: Passenger Vessels
Proposed ADA Circular Chapters
- ADA Circular C 4710.1, "Transportation Facilities," "Fixed Route Service," "Demand Responsive Service," "ADA Paratransit Eligibility," "Passenger Vessels," "Other Modes," and "Oversight, Complaints, and Monitoring"
- ADA Circular C 4710.1, "Introduction and Applicability," "General Requirements," "Equivalent Facilitation," and "Complementary Paratransit Service"
- ADA Circular C 4710.1, "Vehicle Acquisition"
DOT ADA Final Rule 10/19/2011
- Final Rule (PDF)
- Summary of Major Points (PDF)
- DOT Q&A
- When do the requirements of Section 37.42 begin to apply? (MS Word)
- Platform Ownership (MS Word)
- Alterations to Platforms (in relation to Section 37.42) (MS Word)
- Minimum Platform Height (MS Word)
- Situations where Level Boarding is not Feasible (MS Word)
- Plans for Meeting Service Standards (MS Word)