Northeastern Illinois Transit Community Marks 25th Anniversary of ADA Passage
July 8, 2015
Chicago – The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Metra and Pace join the more than 56 million Americans with disabilities 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.
The RTA, CTA, Metra and Pace have joined the ADA 25 Chicago partnership initiative, with more than 150 organizations that have come together to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the ADA and leverage this historic milestone to continue to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities into the future. The RTA, CTA, Metra and Pace are proud to provide accessible public transportation that supports community inclusion for work, education, recreation and all of life’s activities. To learn more about or join the ADA 25 Chicago partnership, visit http://ada25chicago.org/. We are truly “Greater Together!”
Additionally, the RTA is serving as a Gold Sponsor of this year’s 12th Annual Disability Pride Parade on Saturday, July 18 in downtown Chicago. The march begins at 401 South Plymouth Court and ends at Daley Plaza. After the parade, RTA, Pace, CTA and Metra staff will be on hand at Daley Plaza to provide information about the region’s accessible public transportation programs. Participants will also be able to practice boarding a CTA bus using the ramp and securement areas. Learn more about the festivities by visiting www.disabilityprideparade.org and more about the services RTA provides to riders with disabilities at http://www.rtachicago.com/rider-resources.
Regional transit riders with disabilities are available for media interviews related to the ADA anniversary. Please contact Susan Massel at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
About the RTA
The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) is the only transit agency charged with regional financial oversight, funding, and transit planning for the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Metra and Pace bus and paratransit. Riders take more than two million trips each weekday on the RTA region’s transit system in six counties with 7,200 transit route miles throughout Northeastern Illinois. The Agency also provides customer services including online and telephone travel planning assistance and travel training for seniors and people with disabilities. For more information, visit www.RTAchicago.org.