US TRAINS NOW FULLY ACCESSIBLE TO DISABLED

This article discusses how public transit operators in the USA are being expected to meet the legal requirements of the 'Americans with Disabilities Act' (ADA). At least one carriage in every passenger train must be made accessible to disabled passengers, with effect from 26 July 1995. The US Department of Transportation sets accessibility standards for vehicles and facilities, based on comprehensive ADA guidelines. These guidelines include standards for: (1) public information systems; (2) signs; (3) ticket vending machines; (4) ticket offices; (5) detectable alarms; (6) telephones; (7) entrances; (8) elevators; (9) platform lifts; (10) kerb ramps; (11) access inside trains; (12) toilets; (13) doors; (14) floor surfaces; (15) steps; and (16) lighting. About 300 key transit stations in the USA are already believed to comply fully, and time extensions have been granted to nearly 300 of the 400 others. It is estimated that implementation will cost $1.42 billion per year until completion. Some of the required new technology has been developed by Project Action (Accessible Community Transportation in Our Nation), which aims to: (1) promote industry- disabled cooperation; (2) increase accessibility; and (3) help operators to implement ADA.

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    Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corporation

    345 Hudson Street
    New York, NY  United States  10014
  • Authors:
    • DUBIN-ROSENBERG, D
  • Publication Date: 1995-7

Language

  • English

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  • Pagination: p. 33-4
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00713447
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Nov 22 1995 12:00AM