DOT Final Rule on Rail Station Platforms
On September 19, 2011, The US DOT published a final rule amending the Americans with Disabilities Act regulations governing the provision of facilities to achieve level boarding for mobility-impaired passengers on intercity, commuter and high-speed trains, as well as removing the operational use of the "common wheelchair" concept. The rule, effective as of October 19, 2011, applies to new and altered passenger platforms and establishes performance standards to ensure that passengers with disabilities can get on and off of any accessible car that is available. This final rule will apply to platforms constructed or altered after February 1, 2012. To read the final rule, click here:
DOT Proposed Rule on Airline Websites and Kiosks
Also on September 19, 2011, the US DOT announced proposed regulations on airline websites and kiosks under the Air Carrier Access Act. These rules would require most foreign and domestic airlines to have accessible websites within two years of any final regulation. It would also require new kiosks purchased after enactment to meet accessibility standards. The DOT says this new proposal is part of an "ongoing effort to ensure equal access to air transportation for travelers with disabilities." Comments must be filed by November 25, 2011.
For full text of the proposed regulations about airports click here and about kiosks click here:
Remember that March 15, 2011 is when the new Standards became effective in the Federal level. They will be mandatory on March 15, 2012. And each State will adopt it or not, at their discretion.
If you want to learn more about the new Standards, The ADA Companion Guide has the 2004 Guidelines with commentary and explanations throughout.
If you have any questions about these or any other topics, please feel free to contact me anytime.
Marcela Abadi Rhoads, RAS #240