101 N 1st Ave #1300
Phoenix, AZ 85003
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 turns 27 years old this month. We’ve come a very long way, but still have work to do. Design guidelines and standards that keep a transit system in compliance with ADA law often allow for a range of solutions that may meet the letter of the law without necessarily being the best we can do. Early consideration of accessibility issues and engagement of the disability community can often provide superior accessibility for little or no additional cost.
Our Wednesday, August 2nd presentation will outline what it means to be ADA compliant in the public transportation industry, touching on aspects of station platform and stop design, vehicle design, fare payment systems, paratransit programs, wayfinding, and accessible information formats. We are pleased to have Carol Ketcherside, AICP Valley Metro Deputy Director for Service Planning and Accessible Transit share her experiences, successes, and lessons learned at Valley Metro in recent years.
This discussion will explore how to include accessibility-related features in the design of transit facilities so they meet or exceed ADA requirements, incorporate accessibility in a way that is attractive, intuitive, and unobtrusive, and often provide a better experience for all public transit customers.