Regional Transit System Offers Variety of Accessibility Features
July 14, 2015
RTA Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act
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 region’s transit system offers a variety of accessibility features. Many riders are likely aware of some of the features, which include accessibility of most CTA and Metra rail stations; automated stop and route announcements on buses and trains; Pace and CTA offering a “low floor” equipped with ramps for easy boarding; and CTA Real-Time Train Tracker signs throughout the CTA “L” system. Additionally, the RTA Trip Planner on the RTA website at rtachicago.org is the only trip planner in the region with an option to choose accessible routing.
Other accessibility features and programs the RTA has worked with the CTA, Metra and Pace to initiate include:
Regional transit riders with disabilities are available for media interviews related to the ADA anniversary. Please contact Susan Massel at email@example.com 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.