Understanding ADA


The goal of this course is to provide transit professionals with a basic understanding of the fundamentals of accessible public transportation under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) in a civil rights context.


Upon completion of this class, participants will have a greater understanding of:

  • Public transportation as a foundational element of the disability rights movement
  • Legislative and regulatory history of accessible transportation in the US
  • Overview of the ADA as a civil rights law and how it relates to transportation
  • ADA requirements across all transit modes
  • Requirements specific to fixed route and demand responsive services
  • Overview of the function of complementary paratransit
  • ADA requirements transportation facilities
  • Compliance and enforcement by FTA, DOT, and DOJ
  • Compliance and enforcement responsibilities for public and private entities

The course is facilitated by industry professionals with extensive experience in ADA compliance in the operation of public transportation systems in the US.


This course is intended for transit professionals at every stage of their careers who require a fundamental understanding of the basics of ADA compliance in order to operate compliant transit systems, as well as Federal, State, and local representatives whose work affects the riding public, including the disability community. It is recommended that you complete this course before attending other ADA-related courses.


Duration: Virtual Online, 4 hours
Contact: Myrna Sirleaf
Email: msirleaf@nti.rutgers.edu