ADA Transition Plans

A Guide to Best Management Practices
Source: The National Academies, National Academy of Sciences, National Cooperative Highway Research Program

The purpose of this guidance document is to ensure that good ideas, helpful information, and successful practices concerning the development and updating of Transition Plans are recognized, recorded, and shared among Departments of Transportation.

The focus of this report is solely on Department managed pedestrian facilities in public rights-of-way. This typically includes sidewalks, pedestrian paths, curb ramps, street crossings, driveway crossings, crosswalks, median
crossings, public transit stops, and pedestrian activated signal systems. The accessibility of pedestrian facilities in the public right-of-way is only one aspect for providing equal access to state government programs, services, and activities - but it is an aspect that affects many citizens in their daily activities.

This report presents the issues that Departments have to deal with in the development and updating of their ADA Transition Plans. It then describes, using anecdotal information, the roadblocks encountered in dealing with these issues and the methods that Departments across the country have developed to make progress.

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