MAKING AN ACCESSIBLE LIGHT RAIL SYSTEM MORE ACCESSIBLE UNDER THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

The Sacramento Regional Transit District (RT) light rail stations were built in 1987 to be accessible to persons with disabilities, but they do not necessarily include all of the features required by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). Accessibility to all trains via minihigh platforms has encouraged patronage by persons with disabilities; currently, wheelchair user boardings average 40 per weekday. State building code and then-current federal accessibility standards were followed in the design of the system, resulting in many user-friendly elements for passengers with disabilities. U.S. Department of Transportation ADA regulations require that transit systems retrofit "key" existing stations to meet the ADA guidelines. RT's key station plan to ensure compliance includes modifications to the following existing RT light rail station elements at nine key stations: detectable warning strips, signage, Braille or raised print information, parking, handrails, curb ramps, lighting, level track crossings, and elevator communications. In February 1995 RT entered a voluntary compliance agreement with the Federal Transit Administration to set deadlines for modifications that had not already been completed. Several questions remain as to what some of the final modifications will be, especially for detectable warnings. RT is also looking to the future with a study of whether the existing design should be continued when the system is expanded, or whether alternative vehicle (low-floor, revised seating, etc.) or station designs will be required to continue the high level of accessibility enjoyed by Sacramento light rail riders.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 226-234
  • Monograph Title: SEVENTH NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT, BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, NOVEMBER 12-15, 1995. VOLUME 1
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00716782
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309061520
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jan 30 1996 12:00AM