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Prioritizing Access in Reopening & Rebuilding

As the nation continues to respond to the pandemic, DOT must continue to identify gaps in service for passengers with disabilities, and should consider highlighting best practices from around the country. The Section 5310 grant program must be fully funded and should be highlighted, including ensuring entities are utilizing all available funds and understand the breadth of uses.

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Integrated Mobility Innovation

Truly innovative mobility options benefit passengers and their communities. Consider encouraging (or better yet, requiring) on-demand transportation models that include wheelchair accessible vehicles owned by the operator, zero tolerance anti-discrimination policies, disability access compliance, and ensure high quality jobs and benefits for drivers, who then provide better quality service. Access to the most innovative... more »

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Future Accessible Transportation

Any plan which aims to improve public transit must take into account the need for funding and prioritizing transit over, or even as much as, private vehicle ownership. Transit is often inadequate due to a chronic lack of funding.

In addition, please take into account comments and recommendations made in a recent CCD Transportation TF handout for its ADA 30th Anniversary briefing. The handout notes that real mobility... more »

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Three especially compelling elements of framework

Three elements stand out in my view in the framework presented in this document:

1. Recognizing the diversity of needs and abilities across the disability community-- what works for one disability may not be appropriate for another; so it is very important to recognize these varying needs in the framework and in proposing solutions.

2. The "complete trip" perspective is essential-- often the barriers are at the nodes... more »

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Nothing Without Us

This framework has great potential, thank you for creating a thoughtful beginning framework for accessibility in transportation. I say beginning, because as this process continues it must shift and change with how society changes and as how our infrastructure and communications tools change. We are in a time of great uncertain change, never before have we been in this place. People with disabilities must be in all conversations... more »

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Need consistent information to field

I'm pleased to see the DOT placing more emphasis on accessibility and developing this framework. It is extremely important to get all offices of the DOT on board and speaking the same language regarding accessibility issues. I hope there will be training at all levels, for those in district offices as well as various regional offices. At times information from DOT and FHWA has seemed to support new infrastructure and... more »

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Add a goal that addresses design of intersections

I encourage the addition of a goal that addresses the design needs at intersections more explicitly, considering the needs of motorists, bicyclists and users of other shared mobility devices and pedestrians, in particular, pedestrians who are blind at intersections and street crossings. I don't really see that covered in the goals presented here.

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Goal 3: Improve access for individuals with disabilities to passenger & commercial vehicles

Anti-Discriminatory Insurance Policies

In addition to anti-discriminatory licensing, USDOT should highlight existing ADA requirements that prohibit refusal of service because of insurance company conditions, coverage or rates. Research, discussions and other steps should be undertaken to ensure insurance rates for vehicles with ramps, lifts and additional accessibility features are not prohibitive and do not stall testing and deployment. In addition, if passengers... more »

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Accessibility Assessments

USDOT should provide a template for private industry that could be used to undertake an accessibility assessment for all new vehicles. The assessment could be similar to the voluntary safety assessment. The results of the assessment should be included in the AV Transparency and Engagement for Safe Testing (AV TEST) Initiative database and website.

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Prioritizing Accessibility in FMVSS Changes

A recent NPRM regarding occupant protection for AVs provides 4 guiding principles NHTSA is using to address Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) reform and regulatory barriers. These include: (1) maintaining current performance requirements, (2) reducing unnecessary barriers and uncertainty for manufacturers, (3) maintaining the current regulatory text structure, and (4) remaining tech neutral. In addition to... more »

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Improve Securement for AVs and Current Passenger Vehicles

USDOT should ensure AVs and current vehicles provide lifts or ramps, including kneeling, as well as securements. In addition, securements must include proper seat and shoulder belts in good repair. Today, the absence or incomplete presence of seat and shoulder belts often expose wheelchair riders to danger, even in ordinary traffic conditions, as opposed to a sudden stop or collision.

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Enhancing Accessibility in AV 4.0

USDOT should consider adopting recommendations made by the CCD Transportation TF regarding AV 4.0, including formation of an AV Advisory Committee with an accessibility subcommittee, and any grants funding autonomous vehicle projects requiring that people with disabilities are part of the design and testing of new technologies in order to ensure the accessibility and usability of the technology from the start. NHTSA should... more »

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Commercial Motor Vehicle Operation

USDOT should consider and adopt July 2019 recommendations made by the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Transportation Task Force regarding commercial motor vehicle operation. The Transportation Task Force urged FMCSA to reconsider physical qualification restrictions regarding operation and monitoring of ADS-CMVs, and eliminate the restrictions placed on deaf and hard of hearing applicants for ADS and Non-ADS... more »

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