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Celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the ADA


The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has posted a report, Accessible Transit Services for All, that provides a fresh look at paratransit and how agencies can improve service effectiveness and cost efficiency, a timely release with this week’s 25thanniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The report presents successful strategies for providing ADA-compliant paratransit. Featuring an assessment of ADA paratransit service design models, as well as an in-depth analysis of procurement and contracting practices, the report also identifies operational practices that can enhance service quality and cost efficiency, and successful examples of alternative, inclusive service designs that can provide improved transportation for all riders.

Capital Metro Commemorates 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act With its Ongoing Commitment to Service for AllAgency Was First in Texas to Achieve 100 Percent Vehicle Accessibility

This month marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which has greatly improved and expanded accessibility and independence for individuals with disabilities. As the first fully accessible fixed-route bus fleet in Texas, Capital Metro has achieved many milestones since taking delivery of its first lift-equipped buses in 1986. Since then, every Capital Metro vehicle put into service has been 100 percent accessible, with lift, ramp access and “kneeling” capabilities to lower buses to facilitate boarding.

All vehicles provide convenient access and securement areas for passengers who use wheelchairs or other mobility devices, and seating in the front of vehicles is reserved for seniors 65 and over, persons in wheelchairs, or other passengers with disabilities.

MetroRail trains offer level boarding, spoken onboard announcements and station ticket vending machines featuring Braille and audio features. MetroRapid Route 801 and 803 vehicles are also fully ADA compliant, with push-button annunciators at stations and wheelchair securement areas, equipped with companion seating. Braille signage is now also available at all Local bus stops.

“As the greater Austin area continues to grow, Capital Metro will continue to hold accessibility as a top priority to ensure our community, regardless of ability, has access to high-quality transportation solutions,” said Capital Metro President/CEO Linda Watson.”

In March of this year, Capital Metro hosted the ADA Legacy Tour “Road to Freedom” bus at the Crestview MetroRail Station during its nationwide tour in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Act.

The full list of Capital Metro accessible features include:

  • Local Bus - Fully accessible fleet, service animals welcome onboard, tether strap program, travel training program, equipped lifts or low-floor ramps, braille at all bus stops and priority seating area
  • Metrorail - Fully ADA compliant, push-button annunciator button at all stations, braille at stations, braille placards with vehicle ID numbers are located at both front and rear entrances, exta “stop” chord, wheelchair securement area with companion seating, priority seating area

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VIA Hosts the “Color of Blind” to Celebrate the ADA

Unique Showcase to Feature Multi-Sensory Artworks for a More Inclusive Audience

VIA Metropolitan Transit is commemorating the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act by hosting “The Color of Blind” Art Exhibit, which will be on display in the lobby of The Grand at VIA Villa from July 28 through August 21.

“The Color of Blind” is an interactive, multi-sensory art show conceived by local artist and teacher Trina Bacon as an opportunity to share art with visually impaired individuals and others with special sensory needs or challenges. The artworks are designed to provide a fuller sensory experience that differs from the traditional museum visit.

“Everyone should be able to fully experience art,” said Bacon, who is also the curator of the exhibit. “Through our transformative efforts, we strive to say, ‘Yes, please touch the art!’”

“The Color of Blind” will be on display in The Grand at 123 N. Medina St. weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (enter the south parking lot off Commerce Street). By hosting the exhibit, VIA is helping promote a more inclusive arts community for a more diverse audience. “The Color of Blind” is free and open to the public, and visitors are encouraged to touch and interact with the artworks.

“Innovative efforts such as The Color of Blind allow our community to be more inclusive,” said VIA President/CEO Jeffrey Arndt. “VIA is proud to celebrate 25 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act by hosting this special exhibit and partnering with the arts community in a non-traditional way to call attention to the importance of inclusiveness in San Antonio and beyond.”

VIA plays a major role in providing connections to the community it serves, including passengers with disabilities. In 2014, VIA provided 44.4 passenger trips throughout its 13-city service area and more than one million rides on VIAtrans, its paratransit service. VIA’s mission is to enhance the community’s quality of life by providing regional and customer-oriented public transportation that is dependable, cost-effective and enticing to more riders. VIA’s AAA bond rating reflects the organization’s sound management and financial practices. Visit www.viainfo.net for more information.

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