IMPLICATIONS OF DOT DRAFT SECTION 504 REGULATIONS FOR RURAL AND SMALL URBAN AREAS

The regulation that bans discrimination against handicapped persons is briefly reviewed. It is noted that the regulation places emphasis on large urban bus and rail systems and metropolitan planning organizations, and not on the institutions and conditions that the handicapped encounter. The development of accessibility guidelines by the Department of Transportation (DOT) is discussed, as well as the debate on how to provide accessibility. Fully accessible systems have been supported by some, while others argue that ridership is low on accessible systems, and costs do not justify investment. Some key points in the DOT response to the regulations (Section 504) are briefly reviewed, and attention is directed to the sections relevant to bus and paratransit, and to rural paratransit. Bus operations must make 50% of the service accessible to the handicapped, and speedy compliance is emphasized. Urban and rural paratransit operators who receive UMTA funding will be required to provide accessible services within 3 years. Other considerations associated with complying with Section 504 regulations are noted.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp 26-27
  • Monograph Title: Rural public transportation
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00300694
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309028353
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Sep 29 1982 12:00AM