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A New Mindset Around Accessibility in Transportation

Moving toward a truly accessible city requires more than the consideration of accessibility on single projects or adherence to a checklist that ensures ADA compliance. Instead, it requires a complete mental and cultural shift within an agency to fold accessibility into all decisions, all project work, and all policies that deal with the transportation network.

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is making good on its promise to improve disability access on its rail network, with its plan on track to 100% accessibility. The Department of Public Works in San Francisco has long been a leader, going far beyond the letter-of-the-law ADA requirements to standards that meet the needs of all San Franciscans. And New York’s Department of Transportation is creating a dedicated team for ensuring accessible pedestrian ramps across the city. In this session, hear from each agency, and learn how to create a new mindset around accessibility in your city.