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25th Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act

July 26, 2015, Marks the 25th Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Pace joins the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), and Metra in celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The law, signed by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990, ensures the civil rights of people with disabilities. The legislation established a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities and has expanded opportunities for people with disabilities including the provision of accessible public transportation services that help to eliminate barriers and enable full participation in community life.

Pace was the first transit agency in northeastern Illinois and the second in the state to achieve a fully accessible fixed route bus fleet and received a perfect score in a recent enhanced review of Pace’s ADA Paratransit policies and operations conducted by the Federal Transit Administration. Accessible public transportation ensures that people with disabilities have equal access in their pursuit of personal, educational and professional ambitions and to participate fully in public life. Public transportation, public spaces and communications are now more accessible than ever.

Pace’s accessible service includes:

  • A fully accessible fixed route bus fleet.
  • Buses that “kneel” and are equipped with ramps for accessible boarding.
  • Buses that have designated priority seating areas for people with disabilities and older adults, as well as wheelchair securement areas. Bus operators will assist riders with disabilities to board and exit vehicles, and will assist with securing wheelchairs and other mobility devices, if needed.
  • Buses that have automated audio and visual route identification and stop announcements.
  • A shelter program that provides for the ability to install new shelters that are fully accessible as well as retrofitting old shelters for accessibility.
  • ADA Paratransit service, which includes both the Pace and CTA ADA service areas, and is among the largest in the country covering the largest geographic area in the U.S.

ADA 25 Chicago is a network of civic partners who have come together to commemorate and advance a civil rights milestone – the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 2015.

What's New at Pace?

 »  Check out the RTA’s new video series on accessibility.
 »  ADA Reasonable Accommodations Policy
 »  Niles Bus Modernization Project Public Hearing Announced
 »  Express service to Brookfield Zoo, Great America, and White Sox, Cubs and Fire games
 »  Paratransit pick up/drop off points at popular destinations
 »  Office of Executive Inspector General provides oversight

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