Show off your access!

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Want to learn more about accessible stops?
JOIN US for the SWTA & NMTA Annual Conference & EXPO!

Two Options to learn more about the ADA:

SHOW OFF YOUR ACCESS! Contest Guidelines:

Has your property gone beyond the minimum requirements of the ADA to provide accessible bus stops/stations or rail stations that enhance independence or integration of riders? Then, Show off your access! And enter our 2015 Contest.

Entry Guidelines in a Nutshell

Who can enter?
All SWTA members in good standing.

How do I enter?
1. Create your submission – with photos and supporting data.
2. Upload each entry to or mail a thumb drive to SWTA. (See full submission guidelines below.)
3. Wait for the applause.

Entry Deadline:
All entries must be uploaded to or received on thumb drive no later than 5 p.m. (CT) February 6, 2015

How do I register for the SWTA & NMTA Joint Annual Conference & EXPO?
Go to, click on ‘SWTA & NMTA Joint Annual Conference & EXPO’ in the events section on the Home page. Attendance is not mandatory, but if you win, someone will need to present your photo entry at the Annual Conference on March 2, 2015.

Transit agencies of all sizes in the SWTA region whose membership is in good standing are eligible to enter the 2015 Accessible Bus/Rail Stop Awards.

Independent judges from within the SWTA nation will be selected to review the 2015 Accessible Bus/Rail Stop Awards. Each judging team will judge entries outside their geographical area and system size.

Entries will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • Beyond ADA minimum requirements – 45%
  • Innovation – 20%
  • Increased integration or independence – 20%
  • Additional support or sustainability of project – 15%

Entry Classification
Entries will be classified and judged alongside peers in a comparable system size. Entries will be grouped for judging by the number of passenger trips a system provides annually.

  • Category 1. Rural or Tribal Public Transportation Providers
  • Category 2. Public transportation providers with 1 million or fewer passenger trips per year
  • Category 3. Public transportation providers with more than 1 million, but fewer than 8 million passenger trips annually
  • Category 4. Public transportation providers with more than 8 million, but fewer than 20 million passenger trips annually
  • Category 5. Public transportation providers with more than 20 million passenger trips annually

To research your annual passenger trip calculations, go to:
Still having trouble? Contact

Competition Categories

  • Accessible Bus Stop or Station
  • Accessible Rail Station

Submission Guidelines

1. Create each entry in PowerPoint format. Entries are only accepted in PowerPoint format! To gripe about this, please call or email Kristen at or 817.295.3663.

2. Each category entry can be a maximum of ten slides.

3. Submission options:
a. Upload to - To use this option -
b. Load onto a thumb-drive and mail to: PO Box 60475, Fort worth, TX 76115 (SWTA is not responsible for lost, stolen or misdirected shipments.)

4. You can upload, up to two entries – there must be a separate PowerPoint for EACH entry.

5. You will receive a confirmation email from SWTA verifying successful receipt of your entry (or entries). Feel free to contact us for verification.

NOTE: MAXIMUM FILE SIZE PER PPT ENTRY IS 2 GB. Slide images do not need to be extremely high resolution; the files will be too large to upload. 150 PPI per image is suitable for upload and display. Consider utilizing compressed pictures under the format tab within the PowerPoint program.

Slide formats and requirements:
The Slide Format Guidelines Must Be Followed For Full Scoring Credit

Saving and naming your submission
OrgName.Category.Projectname.ppt (Example: MyTransit.BUS.Signage.ppt)

Slide One Must Contain:

  • Transit Agency Name
  • Transit Agency Contact Information (name, work phone, email, mailing address)
  • Your agency’s number of passenger trips per year (see how to determine on page 3)
  • Total Number of Submissions from the Transit Agency (e.g. 1 of 2)
  • Entry Category (Categories include Accessible Bus Stop or Station and Accessible Rail Station.
  • Title of Submission

Slides Two through Five Must Contain:
You may use up to four slides to answer the following four questions; a bulleted format with photographs is recommended:

  • What was the opportunity or challenge that inspired the design?
  • What group of riders benefits most from the design?
  • How does your design go beyond the minimum requirements of the ADA?
  • How is independence or integration enhanced?

Slides Six through Ten:
You may use up to five slides to address the following:

  • Describe the elements that make this stop or station accessible.
  • Remember, for bus stops, boarding and alighting area must have a 96”x60” clear space, a 2% maximum slope; bus shelters must have space for wheelchair entirely within shelter and an accessible route to boarding and alighting area; the accessible route must connect the apace in the shelter, the boarding and alighting area and the sidewalk or street.
  • Label each displayed image on Slides 6 – 10
  • Share information on additional support or sustainability for this design, such as local policy adoption, operator training, preventative maintenance, customer service or rider input.
  • Share any lessons observed or interesting outcomes.

For Those Attending the 2015 SWTA & NMTA Joint Annual Conference and EXPO in Santa Fe:

  • Be prepared to discuss your design with conference attendees. Your PowerPoint will be your presentation guide.
  • Print off, and bring with you, two copies of the PowerPoint entry slides in color (1 slide per page) for display and discussion.

Helpful resources
U.S. Access Board, 810 Transportation Facilities

Easter Seals Project ACTION website

Questions or Comments?
Please direct all questions or comments to:
Kristen Joyner
Kary Hughes
Elise Snoddy

Providing Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas a community of education, communication, and advocacy in which members can strengthen their ability to provide public transportation services and products.


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