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UPDATED: Americans with Disabilities Act Guidance (FTA C 4710.1) (Federal Transit Administration, Nov. 4, 2015). This circular provides guidance to recipients and sub-recipients of Federal Transit Administration (FTA) financial assistance necessary to carry out provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s implementing regulations at 49 CFR Parts 27, 37, 38, and 39.

Accessible Transit Services for All (Federal Transit Administration, 2014). Presents successful strategies for providing high-quality, cost-effective, and sustainable ADA paratransit service and describes examples of inclusive service designs that can be used to effectively meet the transit needs of all riders. A nationwide survey of transit agencies and 12 e in-depth case studies were conducted to gather information about implementation and effectiveness. The disability community was involved to identify and select service strategies, designs, and case studies.

Section 5310 Circular: Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program Guidance and Application Instructions (June 6, 2014). FTA C 9070.1G and Section 5310 Fact Sheet with FAST Act changes (2016).

Accessible Pathways & Livable Communities: A Pocket Guide (Easter Seals Project Action, 2014). A pocket guide contains concepts for communities to consider when improving transportation facilities, sidewalks, and routes to transit.

Checklist for Assessing the Accessibility of Transportation and Mobility (Easter Seals Project ACTION, 2013). A checklist that helps community stakeholders assess the accessibility of a transit route, including the pathways to the stop/station and accessibility on-board a vehicle.

Developing Partnerships Between Transportation Agencies and the Disability and Underrepresented Communities (Transit Cooperative Research Program, Research Results Digest No. 107, 2013). Provides practitioners with a resource guide and best practices for developing productive relationships with the disability and underrepresented groups.

Wayfinding Assessment Guide (CDC Healthy Aging Research Network and Easter Seals Project ACTION, 2012). A guide to neighborhood wayfinding that describes considerations when navigating community infrastructure and facilities.

Getting to Work: Addressing the Transportation Challenge (Institute for Community Inclusion, 2012). Reviews strategies for connecting people with disabilities to transportation options to get to work.

Resource Guide for Co-Mingling ADA and Non-ADA Paratransit Riders (Transit Cooperative Research Program, Report No. 143, 2011). Explores whether and how to co-mingle ADA paratransit and non-ADA paratransit riders.

Innovative Approaches for Increasing Transportation Options for People with Disabilities in Florida (Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, 2010). A transportation feasibility study that analyzes needed systemic reform that may stimulate provider competition, customer service, better accessibility, and safety while allowing improved consumer-directed choice in regards to public transportation systems and services.

Role of Aging and Disability Resource Centers in Coordination (Technical Assistance Exchange Issue Brief, 2009). Written for ADRCs, identifies resources and stakeholders at the federal, state and local levels that can assist with the direct provision of transportation coordination services to consumers and demonstrates how ADRCs can connect with existing transportation coalitions in their communities to pursue broader changes in the transportation system.

Florida Transportation Disadvantaged Services: Return on Investment Study (Florida State University College of Business, 2008). Reports on a study to calculate the return generated by funds invested by the state of Florida on transportation disadvantaged programs.

Accessible Transportation in Rural Areas: An Easter Seals Project ACTION Resource Sheet (Easter Seals Project ACTION, 2003). Examines accessible transportation strategies for rural areas including: coordinated systems, volunteer networks, vouchers, and flex routes. Concludes with contact information for organizations currently working on rural transportation issues.


Mobility Management Basics, target="blank"Module 4: Transportation for People with Disabilities. Self-paced, on-line training module exploring transportation issues as they impact people with disabilities.

Using Transportation Voucher Programs to Support Low-Wage Earners and Workers with Disabilities (Joblinks Employment Transportation Center, 2008). Two-part webinar training that introduces how voucher programs can be used for low-wage earners and workers with disabilities.


National Aging and Disability Transportation Center. Has many excellent resources under "Resources and Publications," including many created by the former Easters Seals Project ACTION.

Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund. Covers policy issues related to the implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act in transportation, including comprehensive “Topic Guides on ADA Transportation.”

Strengthening Inclusive Transportation Partnerships to Promote Community Living. Project sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Community Living to support communities nationwide in adopting sustainable, scalable, and replicable models that include participation of people with disabilities and older adults in the design and implementation of responsive, coordinated transportation systems. One-stop online access to resources, services, and information on disability issues across the federal government.