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 


Americans with Disabilities Act on the Federal Transit Administration (FTA)'s website

FTA Questions and Answers Concerning Wheelchairs and Bus and Rail Service (includes answers defining a wheelchair)

FTA ADA Training page

Technical Assistance and Best Practices

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

Easter Seals Project ACTION (ESPA)'s Determining Paratransit Eligibility: An Approach, Guidance, and Training Materials 

ESPA's service animal guide

ESPA's sensitivity training video disc, A.C.C.E.S.S. Matters

National RTAP's Oversized Wheeled Mobility Devices Technical Brief

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.