DOT Report Urges Greater Accessibility

The U.S. Department of Transportation is calling for improved accessibility to stations and new rail cars, for Amtrak, other rail passenger operators, and transit systems.

The recommendations are part of a draft Strategic Plan on Accessible Transportation released last week.

The report addresses the need for better access for people with disabilities for all forms of transportation, noting that a 2018 report estimated that 25.5 million Americans experience a travel-limiting disability.

The COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized the need for those with disabilities to have access to transportation to connect to essential services, DOT said.

The report will be used to guide the agency’s work in the 2021-25 federal fiscal years. Public comment on the report is being accepted through Feb. 16.

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