The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 helps to protect the civil rights of individuals with disabilities, including the right to accessible and equal access to transportation.  The following information provides a brief overview of various modes of transportation and provides links and resources for additional information.


For individuals who rely on public transportation, the ADA requires that the public transit systems be accessibleto individuals with disabilities. This means that an individual with a disability is able to get to a bus stop, board the bus and travel to his/her destination successfully.   The ADA requires that public transit entities that provide fixed-route bus or rail services, also provide “complementary paratransit” services to individuals with disabilities who cannot, because of their disability, access the fixed-route system.   Individuals with disabilities must qualify for  ADA paratransit services through a process that is collaboratively developed by the transit system and the local community. 

The eligibility determination process for ADA complementary paratransit is developed by the transit system in consultation with the local community.