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36 CFR Parts 1190 and 1191, Docket No. 99-1, RIN 3014-AA20

Published in the Federal Register November 16, 1999

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities; Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) Accessibility Guidelines

AGENCY: Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board.

ACTION: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

SUMMARY: The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board) is proposing to revise and update its accessibility guidelines for buildings and facilities covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968 (ABA). These guidelines cover new construction and alterations and serve as the basis for enforceable standards issued by other Federal agencies. As a result of this revision and update, the guidelines for the ADA and ABA are consolidated in one Code of Federal Regulations part. The guidelines for the ABA also cover buildings and facilities leased by Federal agencies. The Department of Justice and the Department of Transportation are responsible for issuing standards based on the Access Board's guidelines under the ADA. ABA standards are issued by the Department of Defense, General Services Administration, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the U.S. Postal Service.

DATES: Comments should be received by March 15, 2000. The Access Board will hold two public hearings on the proposed guidelines. The dates, times, and locations of the public hearings will be published in a subsequent document in the Federal Register.

ADDRESSES: Comments should be sent to the Office of Technical and Information Services, Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, 1331 F Street, NW., suite 1000, Washington, DC 20004-1111. Fax number (202) 272-5447. E-mail comments should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Comments sent by e-mail will be considered only if they include the full name and address of the sender in the text. Comments will be available for inspection at the above address from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on regular business days.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Marsha Mazz (on the ADA Accessibility Guidelines) and Jim Pecht (on the ABA Accessibility Guidelines) Office of Technical and Information Services, Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, 1331 F Street, NW., suite 1000, Washington, DC 20004-1111. Telephone numbers (202) 272-5434 extension 121 or extension 128 (voice); (202) 272-5449 (TTY). E-mail address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. These are not toll free numbers.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Availability of Copies and Electronic Access

This document is available on the Board's Internet site in HTML and PDF formats (http://www.access-board.gov/ada-aba/guidenprm.htm). Persons who want a copy in an alternate format (cassette tape, Braille, large print, or ASCII disk) may order one copy at no cost by calling the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board's (Access Board) automated publications order line (202) 272-5434, by pressing 2 on the telephone keypad, then 1, and requesting publication S-36 (ADA and ABA Accessibility Guidelines Notice of Proposed Rulemaking). Persons using a TTY should call (202) 272-5449. Please record a name, address, telephone number and request publication S-36 and specify the type of format.