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 on Passenger & Community - Disability & Diversity Awareness
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 Securement, Oversized 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
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Updated January 21, 2019