This section of the ADA Toolkit introduces the various federal regulations, standards, and guidance on compliance with the ADA that are relevant to subrecipients of the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA’s) Section 5311 Formula Grants for Rural Areas program (rural public transit agencies). These key requirements and guidance, referenced throughout the toolkit in specific contexts, are compiled here for convenient reference. This section is organized in the following subsections:
Federal regulations are detailed in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). The regulations established by the U.S. Department Transportation (U.S. DOT) are found in Title 49 of the CFR. ADA-related regulations from other federal departments that rural public transit managers should to be aware of are also provided in the following table.
FTA often communicates guidance on regulations through circulars, which assist grantees in understanding and complying with statutory requirements. This guidance provides grantees with direction on program-specific issues and statutory requirements.
In 2015, FTA issued its Circular C 4710.1, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): Guidance. This circular incorporates U.S. DOT requirements under the ADA as well as Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The requirements and guidance in the FTA ADA Circular apply to all transit providers, including those that operate FTA-funded programs, including subrecipients of the Section 5311 Formula Grants for Rural Areas program.
FTA sponsored a series of technical assistance documents Topic Guides on ADA Transportation. Published in 2010, the topic guides were developed by the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF) and TranSystems Corporation and are hosted on the DREDF website and linked to from the FTA website.
As noted in the FTA Circular, while the U.S. DOT ADA regulations do not set standards for website accessibility, FTA suggests that agencies review U.S. DOJ guidance, Accessibility of State and Local Government Websites to People with Disabilities. Technical guidance on making websites accessible can be found in U.S. Access Board Section 508 Standards for Electronic and Information Technology. National RTAP provides additional website accessibility technical assistance for rural transit agencies. Additional resources are introduced in the Rider Information section of the toolkit.
Updated June 15, 2020