The presentation was informative and exactly what I needed – a nuts and bolts explanation of the ADA requirements for transition plans. Dr. Eck did a great job explaining and giving examples.
Chief Assistant Law Director, Ohio
Thursday, October 4 | Charlottesville, VA
More than 55 million Americans, about 18% of the U.S. population, have disabilities. With our aging population, the number of Americans with impairments that affect their ability to travel in the built environment will continue to grow.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a comprehensive civil rights law enacted to ensure people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as all other citizens. It prohibits discrimination in all areas of public life including public and private places that are open to the general public. The focus of this class is on the public right-of-way, e.g., sidewalks, crosswalks and signals.
Why is it important for local government personnel to understand the ADA?
Not only is it the right thing to do, but public entities have an on-going legal obligation to ensure that people with disabilities can access programs and services. Public entities with 50 or more employees should have completed their self-evaluations and transition plans in the early 1990s. All public agencies, regardless of size, must provide accessible facilities and have a plan for managing accessibility. With recent ADA claims against local governments and the relationship between federal funding and transition plans, it has become even more critical for local agencies to recognize their obligation to prepare and update transition plans and to provide accessible sidewalks, crosswalks, signals and temporary traffic control.
UVA TTA Workshop: ADA Self-Evaluations/Transition Plans and Right-of-Way Accessibility
Join instructor, Dr. Ron Eck, PE, for this full-day workshop to learn about your organization’s obligations with respect to ADA self-evaluations and transition plans and the current criteria for accessible public rights-of-way. Ron, a nationally recognized expert on pedestrian transportation, will provide guidance on doing the self-evaluation to assess your facilities and preparing and/or updating your transition plan. . He’ll also introduce resources to help you develop your transition plan and to help make your sidewalks, curb ramps, crosswalks, signals and work zones accessible. Ron notes that self-evaluations help a municipality identify barriers and obstacles to accessibility and the transition plan provides a schedule for removing these barriers. There’s an economic development aspect to this as well since by demonstrating your community is making progress each year in terms of accessibility, your community is more attractive to tourists, retirees, veterans and businesses.
The morning portion of the workshop introduces the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Public Rights-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines (PROWAG) and reviews relevant pedestrian characteristics. Enforcement and selected landmark legal cases are summarized to demonstrate the significance of these requirements to local governments. Self-evaluations and transition plans and the contents of each are described in detail. There will be a guided critique of an actual transition plan. Participants will leave this portion of the workshop with a “To Do” list of next steps.
The afternoon session provides an overview of the current criteria for accessible public rights-of-way including the pedestrian access route, curb ramps and detectable warnings, accessible pedestrian signals, street furniture, on-street parking and temporary traffic control requirements for pedestrians.
Who Should Attend
This workshop provides important information regarding the requirements for and contents of ADA self-evaluations and transition plans. Mayors, council members, city managers, public works directors, road/street supervisors, municipal attorneys and others responsible for regulatory compliance and management of liability risk will find the workshop beneficial. Engineers, technicians and landscape architects should also find the session helpful.
Low Cost Safety Improvements
Wednesday, October 3 | Charlottesville, VA
Ron will kick-off his Charlottesville workshops with a one-day class on Low Cost Safety Improvements. Each year, motor vehicle crashes on U.S. roadways claim more than 33,000 lives, cause 3 million injuries, and involve $230 billion in costs making roadway safety a high priority. Join Ron to learn more about the application of traffic control devices, enhanced traffic control device application measures and other low-cost safety improvements, and their specific safety benefits in terms of crash modification factors. Signing, marking, and illumination are highlighted. The information is directly applicable to addressing requests and comments from the public.
Who should attend: This workshop will be of interest to state and local roadway agency traffic engineers, those who design and install traffic control devices, public works directors, and others involved in the roadway element of traffic safety.
Dr. Ronald W. Eck, P.E., Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering at West Virginia University is a Senior Advisor with the West Virginia Local Technical Assistance Program (WV LTAP). He has been involved in traffic engineering, pedestrian transportation, and roadway safety for over 35 years. Ron is a member of the Pedestrian Committee of the Transportation Research Board. He authored the chapter on Pedestrians in McGraw-Hill’s Handbook of Transportation Engineering. He facilitates walkability audits and Walkable Communities Workshops for communities in West Virginia. Ron also authored the Federal Highway Administration guide for local highway and street maintenance personnel entitled “Vegetation Control for Safety.” He regularly teaches workshops on “Low-Cost Safety Improvements,” “Pavement Markings’ and “Roadside Safety” for public works personnel throughout the United States.