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ADA 101 – Accessible Routes Within a Site

ADA 101 info graphic with ADAS 2010 section 206.2.2 code text and example pictures 2010 ADAS 206.2.2 Accessible Routes Within a Site

At least one accessible route shall connect accessible buildings, accessible facilities, accessible elements, and accessible spaces that are on the same site.

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

MTA Plan Expands List of NY Subway Stations to get Accessibility Improvements

Subway station with stairs

Accessibility and compliance with the ADA was front and center for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in 2019. With as many as four lawsuits challenging the MTA’s subway accessibility record the MTA has been working to correct the situation. In a series of announcements the MTA, the largest public transit authority in the United States, has expanded on its original accessibility improvement plan.

On April 20, 2018: “The MTA Board approved a capital plan amendment today that significantly increases the agency’s investment in ADA accessibility projects as part of the 2015-2019 MTA capital plan.”

On September 19, 2019: “MTA Commuter Railroads Announce the Addition of 11 ADA-Accessible Stations as Part of 2020-2024 Capital Plan”

Most recently on December 19, 2019: “MTA Announces 20 Additional Subway Stations to Receive Accessibility Improvements Under Proposed 2020-2024 Capital Plan”

Public transportation is a major resource for people of all abilities and with our aging population it is sure to see even greater demand in the years to come. Funding such long term initiatives is frequently a challenge. A challenge the MTA is taking head on, setting a foundation for a more inclusive and accessible public transportation in the future.

Sources: MTA Press Releases
http://www.mta.info/press-release/mta-headquarters/mta-board-approves-additional-funding-subway-station-ada
http://www.mta.info/press-release/mta-headquarters/mta-commuter-railroads-announce-addition-11-ada-accessible-stations
http://www.mta.info/press-release/mta-headquarters/mta-announces-20-additional-subway-stations-receive-accessibility

$30M and 17 years for ADA compliant sidewalks in Springfield, MO

Sidewalk without a curb ramp

Ensuring sidewalks and curbs ramps are in compliance with ADA standards is good practice, and not just because it is the law. Gentle slopes, well defined landings and wide smooth pathways are all convenient for the able user, but they are essential elements for people with disabilities.  While much work has been done across the nation, many municipalities are discovering that large portions of their public right-of-ways are not in compliance with ADA.

The City of Springfield, Missouri, is no exception. “Starting in December 2017, the city conducted an eight-month survey of sidewalk and curb condition and compliance that showed just 40 percent of sidewalks were in the goal range of “good” or “very good” condition. The rest were “fair,” “marginal,” “poor” or, in 8 percent of cases, “very poor.”  Nearly 10,300 curb ramps were included in the survey as well with similar results. Now that the City understands is problem areas, it’s planning to fix them. Over the next 17 years, the City of Springfield will invest $30 million to fix its curb ramps and sidewalks.

For many municipalities, fixing public right-of-way barriers seems like an arduous task, but working to identify barriers is a critical first step to understanding where their needs are and integrating them into existing capital improvement projects.

Source:
Springfield has a $30M, 17-year plan to make hundreds of city sidewalks ADA compliant
Katie Kull, Springfield News-Leader August 18, 2019
https://www.news-leader.com/story/news/local/ozarks/2019/08/19/springfield-spend-millions-plan-make-sidewalks-ada-compliant/2030215001/

Courts Rule Subway Station Accessibility Lawsuit Can Proceed

Public transit is a major resources for senior citizens and those with disabilities to get around without having to rely on care givers or private transportation services. That is one of the key reasons public transit must be made accessible to them. Recently, the New York Supreme Court ruled that a lawsuit against inaccessible subways stations could proceed. The judge presiding over the case ruled that there was substantial evidence that people with disabilities were being discriminated in public spaces. According to the plaintiff, only 25% of the subways system’s 472 stations provide elevator access. This case is just one of many against public transit systems that have failed to remediate access barriers to their buses and mass transit vehicles.

Public transit is a major resources for senior citizens and those with disabilities to get around without having to rely on care givers or private transportation services. That is one of the key reasons public transit must be made accessible to them. Recently, the New York Supreme Court ruled that a lawsuit against inaccessible subways stations could proceed. The judge presiding over the case ruled that there was substantial evidence that people with disabilities were being discriminated against in public spaces. According to the plaintiff, only 25% of the subway system’s 472 stations provide elevator access. This case is just one of many against public transit systems that have failed to remediate access barriers to their buses and mass transit vehicles.

Source:
Subway station accessibility lawsuit against MTA can proceed
Vincent Barone, AM New York
June 5, 2019
https://www.amny.com/transit/subway-accessibility-nyc-1.32021995

ADA 101 – Title II Service Animals

ADA 101 info graphic with ADA Title II section 35.136 code and picture of a service dog greeting a person in a swimming pool

ADA Title II 35.136 – Service Animals

(a) General. Generally, a public entity shall modify its policies, practices, or procedures to permit the use of a service animal by an individual with a disability.

(b) Exceptions. A public entity may ask an individual with a disability to remove a service animal from the premises if —
(1) The animal is out of control and the animal’s handler does not take effective action to control it; or (2) The animal is not housebroken.

* Regulation according to 28 CFR 35.136. Only a portion of the law was included in this media. Check additional sections and your state’s accessibility laws for further details.

ADA 101 – Door and Gate Opening Force

ADA 101 info graphic with  section 404.2.9 5 code and example pictures 2010 ADAS 404.2.9 – Door and Gate Opening Force

The force for pushing or pulling open a door or gate other than fire doors shall be 5 pounds maximum. The maximum force pertains to the continuous application of force necessary to fully open a door, not the initial force needed to overcome the inertia of the door.

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

U.S. Access Board Corrects 43 Barriers at Federal Facilities

Van Accessible Parking

Van Accessible Parking

In FY 2018, the United States Access Board resolved 43 architectural barriers at federal facilities. While the corrective actions varied, parking and entrance access were two of the primary areas people filed complaints against. Two easy fixes that brought many facilities closer to full compliance were installing van accessible parking spaces and automatic door openers.

Read the full story at

https://www.access-board.gov/news/1940-access-board-resolves-43-architectural-barriers-act-cases-through-corrective-action-in-fy-2018

ADA 101 – Accessible Site Arrival Points

ADA 206.2.1 - Accessible Site Arrival Points At least one accessible route shall be provided within the site from accessible parking spaces and loading zones.

ADA 206.2.1 – Accessible Site Arrival Points

At least one accessible route shall be provided within the site from accessible parking spaces and accessible passenger loading zones; public streets and sidewalks; and public transportation stops to the accessible building or facility entrance they serve.

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

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