Key highlights on regulations, policies, and program funding for the transportation professional
FHWA and the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) recently launched a new Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) "State DOT ADA Transition Plan & Inventory Mapping Application" with accompanying informational tutorial to help state DOTs understand and prioritize the elimination of inaccessible infrastructure when making transportation investments.
These new tools improve the public’s access to and use of data that state DOTs publish on their progress and plans to improve accessibility in public-rights-of-way and transportation facilities. Users can easily find the ADA Transition Plan for each state DOT, when it was last updated and the associated inventory of barriers, if available. Public-rights-of-way include sidewalks, curb ramps, crosswalks, pedestrian signals, parking, and transit stops while transportation facilities include public buildings, rest stops, and transit stations.
ADA Transition Plans are an agency’s commitment to removing barriers and making their programs, services, and facilities accessible to all users. Required by law, ADA Transition Plans benefit both agencies and the public by helping agencies plan and budget over time and allow members of the public—including individuals with disabilities—to provide input on areas of need, anticipate when facilities will be improved, and track the improvements.
The ADA prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in areas of employment, transportation, public accommodations, communications, and access to state/local government programs and services.
USDOT enforces ADA regulations governing transit, ensuring recipients of federal aid and state/local entities responsible for roadways and pedestrian facilities do not discriminate in highway transportation programs or activities.
“Making our transportation more accessible is the fair thing to do, it’s the right thing to do, and it is the smartest way forward for a country that can empower almost 70 million Americans to better be able to live their fullest lives and make their mark on this world.”
Pete Buttigieg, U.S. Secretary of Transportation
"There can be no doubt that the transportation sector is the most critical sector of our economy."
— Robert Brady
California LTAP supports local public transportation agencies across the state by providing professional training, technical assistance, knowledge transfer, and worksite best practices and innovations that help them plan, manage, and maintain their roadway infrastructure.
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