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Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) - Accessible Transportation

The Americans with Disabilities Act, (ADA) gives people with disabilities many important rights in the area of transportation. This fact sheet is limited to public transportation systems. For more information on your rights to other types of transportation, please contact one of the resources listed on our contact sheet. If you have a disability, you are entitled to the same right to use and enjoy public transportation as people without disabilities. The local transit provider does have the duty to make public transportation accessible. Here are some examples of things that are needed to make a transportation system accessible. Public buses need to be accessible to those in wheelchairs. Drivers need to announce their stops out loud to benefit visually impaired persons who ride the bus. Telephones, drinking fountains, and restrooms inside the terminal should also be accessible.

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