Strategic Plan on Accessible Transportation
The U.S. Department of Transportation has published a draft of its first Strategic Plan on Accessible Transportation (Strategic Plan), a noteworthy step in making America’s transportation system more accessible for all travelers.
The draft Strategic Plan reflects ongoing and future initiatives across the Department’s operating administrations to enhance accessibility and remove barriers in transportation for people with disabilities. It represents a unified vision for progress in accessible transportation that will guide the Department’s efforts in fiscal years 2021-2025. It builds upon the Strategic Plan Framing Document, which was previously open for feedback following the “Breaking Down Barriers: Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act” virtual event held on July 30, 2020. The draft Strategic Plan is available for public review and comment through February 16, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).
In addition, as part of its broader accessibility efforts, the Department released a Request for Information (RFI) regarding the launch of an Inclusive Design Reference Hub to establish a library of resources for accessibility in automation, and to work with outside experts to study voluntary best practices for ensuring accessibility in automated vehicles. Responses to the RFI are requested no later than 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on February 19, 2021.