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$2.25 Million Fund in Amtrak Settlement Closes May 29 2021

To resolve the Department of Justice’s claims that Amtrak violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Amtrak created a $2.25 million fund to pay riders with mobility disabilities who had problems accessing the Amtrak stations listed below.

Individuals must make a claim by May 29, 2021, available at www.AmtrakDisabilitySettlement.com, to get paid from the fund.

For help, contact:

  • Email: info@AmtrakDisabilitySettlement.com
  • Telephone (toll-free): 1-888-334-6165
  • TTY Telephone (toll-free): 1-866-411-6976

Individuals must also:

  • Have a mobility disability. For example, use a wheelchair, walker, or other device to assist with walking or moving around, or otherwise have difficulty walking;
  • Have had a problem accessing one of the Amtrak stations listed below between July 27, 2013, and Dec. 2, 2020. Problems include the lack of accessible parking; steep sidewalks or paths or steps on sidewalks or paths; no signs saying where individuals using wheelchairs may go to get to the station; bathrooms with doors or stalls that are too narrow or with inaccessible sinks; high ticket counters; platforms that are falling apart; or narrow routes at stations; and
  • Have lived at, visited, or wanted to visit a place closer to one or more of the 78 listed Amtrak stations than another Amtrak station.

To receive payment, an individual with a disability must have had problems accessing one of 78 stations. The list of stations is available at www.AmtrakDisabilitySettlement.com.

This fund is part of the Justice Department’s agreement with Amtrak, the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, to resolve the department’s findings of disability discrimination in violation of the ADA. Under the agreement Amtrak will also fix inaccessible stations.

For more information on the ADA, please visit ADA.gov or call the toll-free ADA Information Line at 800-514-0301 (TTY 800-514-0383).

ADA 101 – Bottom Extension at Stairs

ADA 101 info graphic with ADAS 2010 section 505.10.3 code text and example pictures 2010 ADAS 505.10.3 Bottom Handrail Extension at Stairs

At the bottom of a stair flight, handrails shall extend at the slope of the stair flight for a horizontal distance at least equal to one tread depth beyond the last riser nosing. Extension shall return to a wall, guard, or the landing surface, or shall be continuous to the handrail of an adjacent stair flight.

Citation according to 2010 ADAS. Check your state’s accessibility laws. Some states such as California, Georgia and Florida have additional requirements and standards.

ADA 101 – Top Extension at Stairs

ADA 101 info graphic with ADAS 2010 section 505.10.2 code text and example pictures2010 ADAS 505.10.2 Top Extension at Stairs

At the top of a stair flight, handrails shall extend horizontally above the landing for 12 inches minimum beginning directly above the first riser nosing. Extensions shall return to a wall, guard, or the landing surface, or shall be continuous to the handrail of an adjacent stair flight.

Citation according to 2010 ADAS. Check your state’s accessibility laws. Some states such as California, Georgia and Florida have additional requirements and standards.

New Research Shows Many Chicago area Governments Lack Strong ADA Title II Transition Plans

Where the sidewalk ends cover pageA recent study conducted by the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center and the Metropolitan Planning Council indicated some Chicago Metropolitan Area municipalities may be lacking ADA Title II transition plans.

In an assessment of the status and quality of ADA transition plans for the public right-of-way in the Chicago area. The Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) and the Great Lakes ADA Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago worked with students in its urban studies program to analyze the presence and quality of ADA transition plans in the Chicago region.

What was found is surprising given the Americans with Disability Act just entered its third decade as a legal requirement:

Only 22 of the region’s 200 municipalities with more than 50 employees (11%) had a plan.

Among those 22 communities, none of the plans satisfied all of the five required plan elements.

Common weaknesses included a poor public engagement process and few details on how the plans would be implemented.

Of the 200 municipalities, only 42% were responsive to the students’ multiple inquiries.

To review the complete study please“Where the Sidewalk Ends” at: https://bit.ly/32WObRZ

ADA 101 – Non-Circular Cross Sections

ADA 101 info graphic with ADAS 2010 section 505.7.2 code text and example pictures2010 ADAS 505.7.2 Non-Circular Cross Sections

Handrail gripping surfaces with a non-circular cross section shall have a perimeter dimension of 4 inches minimum and 6 1/4 inches maximum, and a cross-section dimension of 2 1/4 inches maximum.

Citation according to 2010 ADAS. Check your state’s accessibility laws. Some states such as California, Georgia and Florida have additional requirements and standards.

Accessible Parks Take Priority as Summer Months Approach

New inclusive playground equipment being installed at Landreth Park. Photo by Roger Nomer; published in The Joplin Globe

Photo by Roger Nomer; published in The Joplin Globe

As the summer months approach, upgrading local parks to make them ADA compliant and accessible to children of all ability levels has become a big priority for many municipalities.

Carson City, Nevada, recently made significant ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) improvements to several of its parks. Over the past five years, Carson City’s Schulz Ranch, Ross Gold, Ronald D. Wilson Memorial, and John Mankins parks were inspected, funded and underwent remediation to get the parks into compliance with the ADA.

While 13 of the City’s playgrounds still use wood mulch for fall protection, City staff have inspected the sites and integrated them into a long-term ADA remediation plan.

In the City of Joplin, Missouri, an ADA accessible park is currently being built with features designed for all ability levels.

The new playground at Landreth Park is a first of its kind for the city. When complete, it will feature inclusive play structures, ground games, and access ramps that completely encircle the playground, allowing children of various abilities to access it at any point.

 

Sources:
Carson City parks panel plots course for playground priorities
Jessica Garcia, Nevada Appeal
April 18, 2021
https://www.nevadaappeal.com/news/2021/apr/18/carson-city-parks-panel-plots-course-playground-pr/

New playground first of its kind in Joplin
Debby Woodin, The Joplin Globe
April 17, 2021
https://www.joplinglobe.com/news/local_news/new-playground-first-of-its-kind-in-joplin/article_868a6a68-9e0e-11eb-a0f2-efdb8a542d8f.html#//

ADA 101 – Toe Clearance Width

ADA 101 info graphic with ADAS 2010 section 306.2.5 code text and example pictures2010 ADAS 306.2.5 Toe Clearance Width

Toe clearance shall be 30 inches wide minimum.

Citation according to 2010 ADAS. Check your state’s accessibility laws. Some states such as California, Georgia and Florida have additional requirements and standards.

DOJ Joins ADA Lawsuit Over Chicago’s Non-Compliant Crosswalks

City of Chicago crosswalk is not ADA compliant.

The Justice Department has joined a lawsuit against the City of Chicago that alleges the City has not made the majority of its crosswalks accessible to people who are blind, deaf-blind, or have low vision.

The DOJ states the City is required to install accessible pedestrian signals that give audio or tactile cues when it’s safe to cross the street in order to meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. According to the DOJ, the City of Chicago has just 15 of those signals out of 2,700 crosswalks with visual signals.

Continue reading this story at https://news.wttw.com/2021/04/13/justice-department-joins-lawsuit-over-accessibility-chicago-crosswalks.

This story was originally written and produced by Nick Blumberg and WTTW Public Broadcasting.

ADA 101 – Toe Clearance General

ADA 101 info graphic with ADAS 2010 section 306.2.1 code text and example pictures2010 ADAS 306.2.1 Toe Clearance General

Space under an element between the finish floor or ground and 9 inches above the finish floor or ground shall be considered toe clearance and shall comply with 306.2.

Citation according to 2010 ADAS. Check your state’s accessibility laws. Some states such as California, Georgia and Florida have additional requirements and standards.

ADA 101 – Access Aisle Location

ADA 101 info graphic with ADAS 2010 section 502.3.4 code text and example pictures2010 ADAS 502.3.4 Access Aisle Location

Access aisles shall not overlap the vehicular way. Access aisles shall be permitted to be placed on either side of the parking space except for angled van parking spaces which shall have access aisles located on the passenger side of the parking spaces.

Citation according to 2010 ADAS. Check your state’s accessibility laws. Some states such as California, Georgia and Florida have additional requirements and standards.

 

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