The US Department of Transportation DOT Proposes Amendments to its ADA Regulations

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The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a notice on February 27 to amend its ADA regulations. These regulations cover policies and practices by transit operators as well as detailed criteria for transportation facilities and vehicles.

The notice seeks to clarify the responsibility of transportation providers to make reasonable modifications to their policies and practices to ensure program access. In addition, the notice addresses boarding platform access at commuter and intercity rail stations that would preserve requirements in the current standards for transportation facilities in light of DOT’s plan to update its standards based on the new guidelines the Board has issued under the ADA. The notice is available for comment until April 28, 2006. The notice also seeks public feedback on other issues including bus rapid transit, classification of key stations, vintage streetcars, coverage of intercity rail, and other issues where clarification in the regulations is needed. Comments on this part of the notice are due by May 30, 2006. The notice and related docket information is available on DOT’s website at http://dms.dot.gov .

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