APRIL's guiding principles in addressing transportation needs in rural America include:
- “All” public transportation should be accessible to “All” users, “All” the time.
- Systems designed to meet the transit needs of people with disabilities will meet the needs of all transit users.
- Accessible transportation means more than just having a vehicle available. It means people can actually use the transit service. It should also address the needs of people who are trying to be more energy efficient by reducing their use of private vehicles.
- Accessibility and energy efficiency should not be separate competing priorities. They are equally important, and should be integrated. Vehicles and services need to be both accessible and energy efficient and that cannot be accomplished unless innovation takes an integrated approach to the two priorities.
- Accessible transportation includes systems, services, vehicles, routes, stops, programs and all other aspects of transportation and must at least meet or exceed the minimum requirements set forth in the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Transportation Update: Where We've Gone and What We've Learned
Twenty-five years ago the Americans with Disabilities Act mandated a more accessible landscape for individuals with disabilities in this country, as well as a more accessible transit system to help them traverse that landscape. Fifteen years later, in 2005, the National Council on Disability published The Current State of Transportation For People With Disabilities in the United States, a major transportation overview report. That highly acclaimed report contributed to major developments in the field of transportation. In this report, Transportation Update: Where We’ve Gone and What We’ve Learned, NCD examines what has changed since the writing of our previous report. This update describes the last ten years’ numerous advances in the field of transportation for people with disabilities and recommends public policy to address new and persistent problems.
For the Rural Chapter of the Transportation Report:
For the full report please see the National Council on Disability Website:
The Rail Vehicles Access Advisory Committee (RVAAC)of the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board) was established on May 23, 2013, in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). The committee was established in the public interest to support the Access Board in performing its duties and responsibilities under Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which authorizes the Board to establish and maintain accessibility guidelines under titles ll and lll of the ADA. The committee was established to advise the Access Board on matters related to the revision and update of the guidelines addressing transportation vehicles using fixed guideway systems subject to the ADA. The committee acted solely in an advisory capacity to the Access Board and did not exercise any program management responsibility nor make decisions directly affecting the matters on which it provides advice.
Rural Transportation Work Group Position Paper.
The Rural Transportation Policy Group is a national coalition of rural individuals and organizations net-worked through the National Rural Assembly. Our goal is to ensure the next federal transportation bill strengthens and supports rural people, rural places, and sustainable commerce, acknowledging the interdependence of the nation's metropolitan and rural economies. Full Statement Click Here
Accessible Rural Transportation
Decades after the advent of the independent living and disability rights movements, transportation remains the number one issue for people with disabilities living in rural areas.
Society is trying to open all doors to people with impairment or limitation, yet most people with disabilities who live in Rural America continue to be isolated, frustrated, and cut off from going to work or school, visiting family or friends, participating in community life, or tending to health needs because of the lack of adequate transportation.
APRIL Travelers Cheque Final Data Analysis
This is the final numerical results of the Travelers Cheque program. The program was in operation from 2002 – 2006 in the following ten states: Alaska, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and Utah. Full report click here.