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BlueDAG Maintains Service and Operational Capacity During COVID-19 Crisis

With increased attention to the COVID-19 outbreak, each day brings more uncertainty for businesses and our communities. Our team is monitoring developments on the outbreak and are taking the appropriate steps to help support the ongoing health and safety of our employees and customers.

We know that your primary concern is making sure you are taking the appropriate precautions to care for yourself, your family, and others around you.

We have recently heard from a lot of our subscribers, and we wanted to update you on our operations and infrastructure:

  • Our systems will continue to operate uninterrupted.

  • Our support team will continue to stay available to you to support changing working conditions as you make adjustments in response to the outbreak.

  • We are continuously monitoring bandwidth usage with tools that reveal network trends, along with performance and capacity reports to help us manage our network and internal systems.

  • We have taken several steps to help ensure the reliability of our critical business processes and supporting infrastructures so that we can continue to provide high-quality service to you.

  • We have asked all of our employees, including all who interact with our subscribers, to take appropriate preventative measures to help stop the spread of this disease. This includes the regular and consistent washing of their hands, limiting subscriber engagement to teleconferences and virtual meetings, and upon request, working remotely from home.

  • Importantly, we have encouraged any employee who does not feel well to stay home, get well, and avoid interacting with subscribers and other employees.

Our goal at BlueDAG is to continually provide you with a premium level of service, not only throughout the year but especially during this time. We will keep you updated with system and operational changes via email. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Thank you,

Christoffer James

CEO, BlueDAG

Two Municipalities Make Progress on Their ADA Transition Plans

Pierce County Curb at WallerThis has been a good month for ADA accessibility as two municipalities have made progress in bringing their facilities and public right-of-way into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Last week, Pierce County, Washington, approved its transition plan for county-owned facilities and public right-of-way. As with all local municipalities, Pierce County was required under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act to conduct self-evaluations of its facilities, public right-of-way, and programs and services, and integrate the findings into its ADA Transition Plan.

According to Pierce County News, “Pierce County’s Americans with Disabilities Act Public Rights-of-Way Self-Evaluation Report, which was completed in 2015, included the examination of county policies related to the ADA and an inventory that identified whether existing pedestrian facilities were in compliance with the ADA. This inventory was initially completed in 2015 and is updated as new facilities are built or improved.”

The City of Warrensburg, Missouri, also approved their ADA Transition Plan last week.

During the Warrensburg City Council meeting to approve the Transition Plan, Warrensburg Building Official Brett Penrose said, “The ADA Transition Plan is required by the ADA law of 1990. Starting in the spring of last year, we inspected all city-owned properties, including 13 buildings, nine parks and seven parking lots with the idea of inspecting previously identified ADA compliance issues as well as looking at new violations that may have come up since our last update.”

Penrose continued, “When we go out to look, to reinspect, I don’t just go out and look at what I’ve already identified. I’m out there to look with fresh eyes to look at the whole building or park.”

These two municipalities are great examples of local governments taking the lead and making the investments to not only come into compliance with the ADA, but also ensure their communities are accessible to all residents and visitors.

Sources:
Pierce County Council approves plan to bring existing pedestrian facilities into ADA compliance
The Suburban Times / Pierce County News
February 13, 2020
https://thesubtimes.com/2020/02/13/pierce-county-council-approves-plan-to-bring-existing-pedestrian-facilities-into-ada-compliance/

City Council approves ADA Transition Plan resolution
Daily Star-Journal
February 13, 2020
http://www.dailystarjournal.com/news/local/city-council-approves-ada-transition-plan-resolution/article_08fbbe6a-4dc1-11ea-a34b-e7e5b2ee9f41.html

ADA 101 – Forward Reach Unobstructed

ADA 101 info graphic with ADAS 2010 section 308.2.1 code text and example pictures

2010 ADAS 308.2.1 Forward Reach Unobstructed

Where a forward reach is unobstructed, the high forward reach shall be 48 inches maximum and the low forward reach shall be 15 inches minimum above the finish floor or ground.

Code 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 – Knee Clearance Minimum Required Depth

ADA 101 info graphic with ADAS 2010 section 306.3.3 code text and example pictures

2010 ADAS 306.3.3 Knee Clearance Minimum Required Depth

Where knee clearance is required under an element as part of a clear floor space, the knee clearance shall be 11 inches deep minimum at 9 inches above the finish floor or ground, and 8 inches deep minimum at 27 inches above the finish floor or ground.

Code 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 – Circular Space

ADA 101 info graphic with ADAS 2010 section 304.3.1 code text and example pictures

2010 ADAS 304.3.1 Circular Space

The turning space shall be a space of 60 inches diameter minimum. The space shall be permitted to include knee and toe clearance complying with 306.

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

ADA 101 – Curb Ramp Landings

ADA 101 info graphic with ADAS 2010 section 406.4 code text and example pictures

2010 ADAS 406.4 Curb Ramp Landings

Landings shall be provided at the tops of curb ramps. The landing clear length shall be 36 inches minimum. The landing clear width shall be at least as wide as the curb ramp, excluding flared sides, leading to the landing.

EXCEPTION: In alterations, where there is no landing at the top of curb ramps, curb ramp flares shall be provided and shall not be steeper than 1:12.

Code 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 – Sides of Curb Ramps

ADA 101 info graphic with ADAS 2010 section 406.3 code text and example pictures

2010 ADAS 406.3 Sides of Curb Ramps

Where provided, curb ramp flares shall not be steeper the 1:10 (10%).

Code 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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