Level Boarding Still an ADA Access Issue on Rail Systems

In 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) instituted significant changes for transportation agencies, requiring them to make commuter and light rail systems accessible to those passengers with disabilities. From 1990-2000, transit agencies developed “key station plans” to address the high-level disability access issues for their bus and rail systems. Now they are fine-tuning some of their systems. This article describes work on newer systems, such as the East Corridor commuter rail in Nashville, Tennessee, Metro Transit in Minneapolis/St. Paul, and the Utah Transit Authority. Level boarding for wheelchair uses is a key issue for the Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) and a problem for commuter rail systems that frequently share right of way with freight lines. Freight cars need space between station platforms, which creates problems for passenger rail systems that need to accommodate wheelchair users. Bridge plates and mini-high platforms are discussed as possible solutions.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 122-125
  • Serial:
    • Metro
    • Volume: 101
    • Issue Number: 8
    • Publisher: Bobit Publishing Company
    • ISSN: 10098-0083

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01010962
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 29 2005 6:42PM