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Transportation and the ADA

What is the ADA?

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a comprehensive civil rights law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability. It was enacted in 1990 and has five titles covering employment, public entities (including public transportation), public accommodations and commercial facilities, telecommunications and miscellaneous provisions. While it is important to recognize the full scope of this anti-discrimination legislation that touches not only the lives of millions of Americans with disabilities but their families, friends and colleagues, Easter Seals Project ACTION focuses on the provisions pertinent to transportation. What follows is important information and resources regarding transportation and the ADA.

Public transportation is covered under Title II Part B of the ADA and private transportation under Title III. While both the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Transportation have oversight of Titles II and III, the regulations are released by the Department of Transportation. Design standards for vehicles and facilities are produced by the U.S. Access Board which become regulatory standards when adopted into law by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Why Project ACTION?

ESPA sponsored training, technical assistance, resources and publications offer user-friendly information on the implementation of the ADA in all aspects of transportation. Direct requests for technical assistance can be made through our toll free hotline at 800-659-6428 or via e-mail. Technical assistance provided by ESPA should not be considered to be legal advice or the opinion of the Federal Transit Administration office of Civil Rights. However, our materials on the ADA and transportation are reviewed by the FTA’s office of Civil Rights prior to publication.

Browse this web site to gather more information on how the ADA applies to transportation issues of concern to you and sign up for our free training events and download or order our publications and resources.

For Frequently Asked Questions on the ADA, visit our FAQ page


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