Chapter T1: Application and Administration

T101 General.  This document contains scoping and technical requirements for vehicles that are readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities.  The requirements apply to the acquisition of new, used, and remanufactured vehicles and the remanufacture of existing vehicles to the extent required by regulations in 49 CFR Part 37 issued by the Department of Transportation under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).

Advisory T101 General.  The Department of Transportation has issued regulations under the Americans with Disabilities Act that contain additional requirements regarding nondiscrimination in the provision of transportation services to individuals with disabilities.  Transit operators must comply with the Department of Transportation regulations, in addition to this document.

T102 Equivalent Facilitation.  The requirements in this document do not prevent the use of alternative designs and technologies that result in substantially equivalent or greater accessibility and usability.  The Department of Transportation regulations contain procedures in 49 CFR §37.7 for determining whether alternative designs and technologies provide equivalent facilitation.

T103 Conventions

T103.1 Dimensions.  Dimensions that are not stated as maximum or minimum are absolute.

T103.2 Tolerances.  All dimensions are subject to conventional industry tolerances for manufacturing processes, material properties, and field conditions.

Advisory T103.2 Tolerances.  Tolerances are not intended to be variances that can be used in design.  Information on specific tolerances may be available from industry or trade organizations and published references.

T103.3 Figures.  Figures are provided for informational purposes only, except for Figure T703.

T103.4 Units of Measurement.  Measurements are stated in metric and U.S. customary units.  The values stated in each system (metric or U.S. customary units) may not be exact equivalents, and each system shall be used independently of the other.

Advisory T103.4 Units of Measurement.  Users should work entirely within one system of measurement, either metric or U.S. customary units.  Combining values from the two systems may result in non-compliance.

T103.5 Vehicle Length.  The length of buses, over-the-road buses, and vans is measured from standard bumper to standard bumper, exclusive of any additional protrusions.

Advisory T103.5 Vehicle Length.  Vehicle length is measured with the vehicle as supplied by the original equipment manufacturer.  After manufacture additions such as bicycle racks are not included when measuring vehicle length.

T104 Definitions

T104.1 General.  For the purpose of this document, the terms defined in T104.4 have the indicated meaning.  Terms used in this document that are defined in regulations issued by the Department of Transportation at 49 CFR 37.3 have the meaning indicated in those regulations.

Advisory T104.1 General.  The following terms that are used in this document are defined in the Department of Transportation regulations: accessible, bus, fixed route system, new vehicle, public entity, over-the-road bus, remanufactured vehicle, used vehicle, and wheelchair.

T104.2 Undefined Terms.  The meaning of terms not specifically defined in T104.4 or in regulations issued by the Department of Transportation shall be as defined by collegiate dictionaries in the sense that the context implies.

T104.3 Interchangeability.  Words, terms, and phrases used in the singular include the plural; and words, terms, and phrases used in the plural include the singular.

T104.4 Defined Terms.

Boarding device.  A lift, ramp, or bridgeplate.

Bridgeplate.  A short plate or short ramp designed to bridge a horizontal or vertical gap between a vehicle floor and a station platform, or between a vehicle floor and a lift platform.

Level boarding bus system.  A system in which buses operate where some or all of the designated stops have station platforms, and the design of the station platforms and the vehicles are coordinated to provide level boarding.

Operable part.  A component of a device or system used to insert or withdraw objects, or to activate, deactivate, adjust, or connect to the device or system.  Operable parts include, but are not limited to, buttons, levers, knobs, smart card targets, coin and card slots, pull-cords, jacks, data ports, electrical outlets, and touch screens.

Surface discontinuities.  Differences in level between two adjacent surfaces.