Accessibility

APTA commemorates 25 years of ADA

Posted on July 27, 2015

HART
HART

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) commemorated the critical role public transportation plays in providing independence and opportunity for people with disabilities on the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).

The public transportation industry has improved and expanded accessibility of public transit services and facilities for persons with disabilities.

Since 1994, improvements that have made communities more accessible across the board include:

  • The percentage of buses that are accessible increased from 51% to 99.8%.
  • Heavy rail/subway vehicle accessibility increased from 83% to 100%.
  • Light rail and streetcar fleet accessibility increased from 41% to 88%.
  • Commuter rail and hybrid rail fleet accessibility went from 32% to 87%.

"On this 25th anniversary of ADA, let us not forget that our transportation system is a lifeline for millions of Americans, and especially those individuals with disabilities," said APTA President/CEO Michael Melaniphy. "Public transportation provides freedom, independence and access for millions of Americans. As a result, Americans with disabilities can travel to work, school, the doctor, the store or go out to dinner.

"The industry has made great strides in improving and expanding accessibility over the last 25 years, but there is much more to do. Future progress is dependent on Congressional action to fund a surface transportation bill. This funding uncertainty impacts the ability of our country to continue to expand and improve services for people with disabilities," Melaniphy stated.

APTA is calling on Congress to find a dedicated funding solution and to pass a long-term sustainable bill that increases funding for transportation including public transportation. Failure to provide long-term investment will have a negative impact on our economy, jeopardize critical public transit projects and limit options for people with disabilities.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

REV Group introduces first hybrid wheelchair-accessible vehicle at LA Auto Show

The base vehicle is the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, and the introduction was part of the FCA exhibit highlighting the breadth of its automotive technologies.

D.C. Metro investigation focuses on falsification of on-time paratransit performance

The issue came to light in a previous OIG investigation, which found more than 100,000 MetroAccess arrival times had been modified in a computer system

Chatham Area Transit to overhaul paratransit service

Agency is adding more staff and vehicles to its fleet.

New York MTA to offer real-time, on-demand service for paratransit users

he e-hail app pilot, which launches this month, will allow paratransit customers to electronically hail yellow or green taxicabs on demand, similar to popular on-demand ride services such as Uber, Lyft, and others.

Lyft, Trapeze partner for paratransit rides

Officials at Trapeze said that giving transit agencies that use Trapeze software the ability to schedule rides through Lyft’s ride-sharing platform will help lower operational costs while increasing ride availability.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close