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Despite Progress, True Public Transit Accessibility Remains Elusive

Accessibility| November 15, 2018

As ADA approaches the 30-year mark, transit agencies are evaluating the improvements made and what still needs doing.

NJ Transit's Flora Castillo wins Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award

Management & Operations| January 30, 2018

The award is presented each year to a nominee who takes initiative to facilitate professional opportunities for women and minorities, and promotes diversity, inclusion, and multi-cultural awareness within their organization.

Management & Operations| November 27, 2017

GRTC honors Rosa Parks

Parks is most well-known for her act of defiance on a Montgomery, Ala., bus on Dec. 1, 1955 that changed the course of history.

Accessibility| April 27, 2017

Denver RTD to enhance wheelchair securement area, access on LRVs

As a part of this effort, RTD will be altering the seating design of current and new light rail vehicles. The retrofit includes removing a set of seats next to the current wheelchair areas, which will open up the designated area for easier access.

Management & Operations| November 30, 2016

APTA names new chief counsel

Linda C. Ford currently serves as associate administrator of the FTA's Office of Civil Rights.

Management & Operations| December 1, 2015

DART honors civil rights anniversary

The front seat of more than 500 DART buses will be reserved on Dec. 1, 2015 to honor the 60th anniversary.

Rail| September 2, 2015

FRA finds Amtrak at fault for violating ADA passenger's rights

According to the agency, the train station lacks required public telephone technology for people who are deaf or hard of hearing; does not provide a visual information system for passengers waiting outside on platforms to update them about delays and schedule changes.

Accessibility| December 23, 2013

Central Md. Transit travel training program lauded

The program has trained nearly 1,500 human services professionals since its inception in 2011. In FY 2013 alone, the program has trained 752 individuals at 46 different non-profit agencies and schools.
Rail| August 28, 2013

Amtrak commemorates the March on Washington

To mark the historic moment's 50th anniversary, the agency co-hosted a wreath-laying ceremony at the A. Phillip Randolph statue. Randolph was a leader of the civil rights march and organized the first African-American labor union.
Bus| July 15, 2013

NJ Transit recognizes ‘Civil Rights pioneer’ for helping desegregate transit

As a high school student, Claudette Colvin refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white person as was required by law in Montgomery, Ala.
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