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Category: Transportation

$343 million awarded to improve transit stations accessibility

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) awarded  $343 million in federal funding to help eight transit systems make their rail stations more accessible as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards. The upgrades will include installing elevators, making platforms for level boarding, improving signage, and improving visual and audio systems. … Continued

Proposed rule to increase protections for airline passengers who use wheelchairs

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would greatly increase the rights and protections of airline passengers who use wheelchairs. Every year, more than 10,000 wheelchairs and other mobility devices are broken or damaged during air travel. The DOT proposed rule would do things including: Require training … Continued

American Cruise Lines to improve fleet accessibility in ADA settlement

The U.S. Attorney’s Office of the District of Connecticut reached a settlement agreement with American Cruise Lines. The cruise line was not following the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Some people complained that the cruise ships weren’t easy for wheelchair users to get around or access.  The settlement will lead to improvements. The deal covers … Continued

L.A. Metro gets praised for a program that helps seniors with transportation

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has a program called the “On the Move Riders Program.” It received the Spirit of Accessibility Award for helping seniors with transportation. The program teaches L.A. older adults about using public transportation through workshops, events, and tours. Seniors aged 62+ who sign up get discounted fares on Metro … Continued

Public Awareness Campaign to Ensure Air Travelers with Disabilities Know Their Rights

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has a new campaign called #AccessibleAirTravel to celebrate the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) and let travelers with disabilities know about their rights. The ACAA, created in 1986, makes it illegal to discriminate against people with disabilities in air travel. DOT has created the Airline Passengers with Disabilities Bill … Continued

Final rule on accessible airline lavatories

On the 33rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced a new rule which requires airline lavatories to be more accessible. This rulemaking, allowed under the Air Carrier Access Act, would require airlines to make lavatories on new single-aisle aircraft large enough to permit a passenger with a disability … Continued

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