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All small buses should be low floor, and have a ramp/no lift

Those with disabilities should not be required to climb (3) 10" steps or if unable to navigate those steps be required to board using a wheelchair lift (most likely standing) to be lifted 3 feet in the air to board a small bus/ cutaway. Those with with a wheelchair should only board with a low profile ramp on to a safe flat floor in the front / not the back where small buses typically ride the worst. A small bus that... more »

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Taxis should all be wheelchair accessible NOW IS THE TIME

Right now is the time to rebuild passenger vehicles such as taxis and ride shares, Vehicles participating in these programs should all be accessible. Right now the business is so far down that changing over would be more than simple. Right now licenses/medallions are priced so low Uber or Lyft could buy all of them! So only allow accessible vehicles to replace bankrupt/foreclosed medallions/licenses

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Enforce Federal Requirements for Disabled Parking Permits

According to the latest Census data, disabled people represent 25% if the US population (61,000,000). All of these people feel entitled to a disabled person's parking permit. However, the ADA requires only 2% of all parking spaces to be accessible. This proportion was arrived at via U.S. Access Board research relying on standards for qualification for disabled parking permits issued by DOT under 23 CFR Part 1235, which... more »

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United Spinal Association

United Spinal continues to work with the public and private sectors to provide for the safe and secure travel of people who use wheelchairs. Technological advances, like the promise automated vehicles holds, can expedite research and design of universal securement systems and more crashworthiness in all types of wheelchairs. DOT can and must play a significant role in providing the needed funding to advance the research... more »

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State Vision Tests

Fully autonomous vehicles (AV) will not require passengers to interact with the steering wheel or breaks of a automobile. However, many states still believe users will need to pass a vision test to procure a drivers license. It is imperative that such state policies are preempted. Blind and visually impaired users, who in the past could not procure a license because of the vision test, should not be prohibited from using... more »

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Infrastructure needs before the start of the trip

I'm very concerned about this problem because I used to work in HR and wasn't always challenged – I have always had a mild hearing deficit but I was able to overcome it by lipreading and using hearing aids. Now it's more profound and I also have a vision issue. I was a working person, but as time went on I found I had to use public transportation more and more because I couldn't drive at night and then during the day.... more »

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Ideas

We need to ensure that physical and communication access are available on all vehicles. People with disabilities need to ensure that ramp and vehicle specifications are also keeping up with the latest technology. We need to ensure that our markets are accessible to all. We need to ensure that transportation advisory council are not merely advisory but have power to advise the states and federal government about policy... more »

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Comments from the Alliance for Automotive Innovation

The Alliance for Automotive Innovation ("Auto Innovators") supports DOT's continued efforts to increase the accessibility of transportation. The DOT's Accessibility Strategic Plan Framework and other initiatives announced at the Breaking Down Barriers event are helpful steps towards creating an accessible transportation system.

In particular, it is helpful that the Strategic Plan Framework addresses "barriers for people... more »

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Availability in Rural Areas

Many blind and visually impaired persons who live in rural parts of the country are prevented from traveling. Even simple tasks like going to the grocery store or doctor's office become difficult. Therefore, as the development of AV services are expanded, services in rural areas should be emphasized. There should be more AV services in places where public transit is limited or does not exist. Additionally, alternatives... more »

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zTrsnsportatikn of mobility devices

Transporting an electric mobility scooter can be very problematic sometimes.

Often, airplanes transport the scooter in baggage with oversized luggage, wheelchairs and strollers. The have dismantled the scooter,, removed the seat and handlbars, or placed heavy objects on it. These damages have resulted in long delays returning it at the airport, missed flights, long delays for repairs at destinations, inability to use... more »

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Require ride-hailing vehicles to provide carseats

Disabled parents are excluded from using ridehail not only because of lack of wheelchair accessible vehicles, but because ridehailing companies like Uber, Lyft and Via to Transit do not provide carseats in their vehicles. As on-demand transit is seen as a cheaper/more efficient service and is replacing fixed route transit, this leaves out parents who can't physically be expected to carry carseats with them through the... more »

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Same desire as people without disabilities trending idea

People with disabilities have the right to the same modes of transportation as people without disabilities. For the vast majority of Americans, their preference is door-to-door transportation without the need to switch modes of transportation-- in other words, a personal conveyance device, also known as a car. With the rise in popularity of Lyft and Uber for the general population, those options need to be accessible... more »

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Subsidies & Resources Assistance for Private Ownership

Subsidies should be granted to low income communities, and people with disabilities, to ensure that all Americans have access. In addition, USDOT could encourage public private partnerships and foundations to consider funding for those in need. Subsidies and community ownership of vehicles could allow for those in rural areas without access to transit to benefit.

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Human Machine Interface

Autonomous vehicles must be designed with fully accessible human machine interface (HMI). This means that the tools and functions one uses to interact with the AV are accessible for persons with disabilities. For example, if a car has a screen with instructions, the screen must both provide large print for persons who have low vision as well as have a text to speech capability for those who are totally blind. Such HMI... more »

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