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ADA vehicle guidelines.

The U.S. Access Board has issued a final rule updating sections of its accessibility guidelines for transportation vehicles covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The rule revises provisions in the guidelines that apply to buses and vans to enhance accessibility and to address industry trends and improvements in design and technology. The guidelines, which the board originally published in 1991, apply to new or remanufactured vehicles.

The guidelines for buses and vans address boarding access, fare devices, interior circulation, seating and securement, signs, lighting, and announcement systems.

The rule reduces the maximum slope for vehicle ramps because low-floor buses are now ubiquitous in fixed route systems.

New provisions also address level boarding systems and incorporate updated standards for wheelchair securement systems.

The rule improves communication access by requiring that buses in fixed route systems with at least 100 buses have automated stop and route announcements that are visual as well as audible.

Further, access to over-the-road buses, which are typically used in commuter and long-distance bus lines and charter services, is more comprehensively addressed.

In addition to these substantive changes, the rule features a new format and numbering system. An assessment of the costs and benefits is included with the rule.

The board previously issued versions of the rule in draft and proposed forms for public comment and has finalized the rule based on the feedback received.

At a later date, the board will propose updates to sections of the guidelines covering vehicles in fixed guideway systems, including rapid, light, commuter, and intercity rail, according to recommendations from an advisory committee it chartered, the Rail Vehicles Access Advisory Committee. The board's vehicle guidelines serve as the basis for mandatory standards issued by the Department of Transportation (DOT) under the ADA. Compliance with the updated requirements for buses and vans will become mandatory once specified by DOT in a future update of its ADA.

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Date:Mar 1, 2017
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