Board Forms Advisory Committee on Rail Vehicle Accessibility

May 23, 2013

The Board has organized an advisory committee as part of its review and update of the ADA Accessibility Guidelines for Transportation Vehicles. The Rail Vehicles Access Advisory Committee will develop consensus recommendations for the Board's use in updating sections of the guidelines that cover vehicles of fixed guideway systems, including rapid, light, commuter, intercity, and high speed rail. These guidelines, which were originally published in 1991, serve as the basis for standards that apply to new or remanufactured vehicles required to be accessible under the ADA. The committee's work will not extend to portions of the guidelines that address buses and vans, which the Board is already in the process of updating.

Members of the Rail Vehicles Access Advisory Committee include:

  • Alstom Transportation
  • American Council of the Blind
  • Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living
  • Bombardier Transportation
  • California Department of Transportation, Division of Rail
  • Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access
  • Community Transportation Association of America
  • Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund
  • Federal Railroad Administration (ex officio member)
  • Hearing Access Program
  • International Centre for Accessible Transportation
  • Maryland Transit Administration
  • Metra & Northeast Illinois Regional Commuter Railroad Corporation
  • National Association of the Deaf
  • National Association of Railroad Passengers
  • National Council on Independent Living
  • National Disability Rights Network
  • National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak)
  • Parsons Brinckerhoff
  • RailPlan International
  • Ricon Corporation
  • South West Transit Association
  • Talgo, Inc.
  • United Spinal Association

The committee is structured to represent a balanced cross section of stakeholders and interested parties, including rail vehicle manufacturers, transit providers, disability groups, and others, as indicated in a published notice. Members were selected based on responses to a request for nominations the Board issued in February. The Board regrets not being able to accommodate all requests for committee membership. Committee membership is voluntary, and members are not reimbursed for their services.

The committee's work will be conducted in accordance with regulations governing Federal advisory committees. All committee meetings will be open to the public and will provide opportunities for any interested parties to provide information or offer comment. In addition, non-members may have the opportunity to participate in the work of any subcommittees formed by the committee. Details on the committee's first meeting will be released at a later date.

For further information, visit the vehicles homepage or contact Paul Beatty at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , (202) 272-0012 (voice), or (202) 272-0072 (TTY). Those interested in this rulemaking and the work of the committee can sign up to receive further updates. 

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