Transit agencies are required to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act. The resources in this topic guide provide information to ensure compliance with the law.
Please note: National RTAP's ADA Toolkit is a much-expanded version of this topic guide.
FTA Circulars and Guidance
49 CFR Part 37 - Transportation Services for Individuals with Disabilities (ADA)
49 CFR Part 38 - Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility Specifications for Transportation Vehicles
49 CFR Part 27 - Transportation for Individuals with Disabilities; Reasonable Modification of Policies and Practices
ADA and the FTA: Improving Transit Access for People with Disabilities - video
Federal Transit Administration (FTA) - Americans with Disabilities Act webpage
FTA - Questions and Answers Concerning Wheelchairs and Bus and Rail Service (includes answers defining a wheelchair)
FTA - ADA Training page
U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) - website on Section 508 compliance for federal agencies for accessible websites for people with disabilities
Technical Assistance and Best Practices
Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) - Topic Guides on ADA Transportation
Easter Seals Project ACTION (ESPA) - Determining Paratransit Eligibility: An Approach, Guidance, and Training Materials
ESPA - service animal guide
ESPA - sensitivity training video disc, A.C.C.E.S.S. Matters
Metro - Designing and Building Accesible Bus Stops
National RTAP - eLearning Videos on Wheelchair Securement
National RTAP - Oversized Wheeled Mobility Devices Technical Brief
United States Access Board - ADA Standards for Transportation Facilities
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Updated February 9, 2018