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

Community Transportation Association of the Northwest (CTANW) web page

Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) - Topic Guides on ADA Transportation

Easter Seals Project ACTION (ESPA) - A.C.C.E.S.S. Matters, Determining Paratransit Eligibility: An Approach, Guidance, and Training Materials and Service Animal Guide

METRO - Designing and Building Accesible Bus Stops

NADTC - Checklist for Assessing the Accessibility of Transportation and Mobility

National RTAP - eLearning Videos on Wheelchair SecurementOversized Wheeled Mobility Devices Technical Brief and Website Accessibility Support

RHIhub - Access to Care for Rural People with Disabilities Toolkit

TCRP -  ADA Paratransit Service Models

United States Access Board - ADA Standards for Transportation Facilities


DISCLAIMER: The resources provided in each topic guide are not an exhaustive survey of every available resource on each topic. If you would like to add a resource to a Topic Guide, please email info@nationalrtap.org.

Updated January 21, 2019