Summary Minutes – 6th Meeting (approved June 4, 2015)
US Access Board
Rail Vehicles Access Advisory Committee
April 23 and 24, 2015
Washington, DC

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The two days started around 10:00 a.m. With a quorum present, the sixth meeting of the Rail Vehicles Access Advisory Committee (RVAAC) began in the Access Board’s conference room (see attachment for committee meeting attendance). After introduction of committee members, alternates, and members of the public, Mr. Billy Altom addressed the following two administrative matters.

First, he led the committee in approving the summary minutes for the fifth meeting (February 26-27, 2015). Second, he announced, since the last meeting, four public comments were added to the electronic docket. All were from Mr. Michael Chisena, who added his fourth comment just prior to the meeting.

Following administrative matters, the committee reviewed the written comments submitted on the first draft of its final report to the Access Board which had been sent to the committee by email on April 21.

Around 1 p.m., after a one hour break for lunch, with a quorum still present, the committee continued its review of the comments.

Around 4:30 p.m., the committee stopped its work to allow a time of public comment. Mr. Chisena provided comment. No others desired to comment. After the comment time ended, Ms. Marsha Mazz reminded the committee that committee members could submit minority reports on decisions they disagreed with. After about 15 more minutes of work, the meeting day ended around 5 p.m.

Friday, April 24, 2015 – Advisory Meeting (continued)

The committee opened the second day, with a quorum present, around 9:30 a.m. After introduction of committee members, alternates, and members of the public, the committee allowed Mr. Glenn Millis to provide comment. Following this comment time, and a later one hour break for lunch, the committee worked until about 2:40 p.m. when the committee discussed next steps. It was decided that Access Board staff would review what was accomplished and make a recommendation to the RVAAC Chair on how to proceed. At the end of the meeting, a time of public comment was allowed and Mr. Chisena provided comment. No others desired to comment. The sixth RVAAC meeting adjourned around 3:00 p.m. Currently, no other meetings have been scheduled although a seventh meeting is expected. The committee still plans to give its report to the US Access Board the morning of July 29, 2015.

Note 1 – Reports. The first draft of the final report along with comments and chapter 5 (Communications) reviewed by the committee, as well as other material used in the April 23-24 meeting, can be found in the RVAAC electronic docket at!docketDetail;D=ATBCB-2013-0006 in the section titled Supporting Documents (may have to click “view all” and sort by title) under 6th Meeting.

Note 2 – CART. A Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) system was used in the committee meeting to provide an accommodation to persons with hearing loss and persons who are deaf. The CART output was streamed in real-time and available to the public on the internet. The unedited text of the CART output is available in the RVAAC electronic docket referenced above in the section titled Supporting Documents under 6th Meeting - Unedited CART Text - 2015 April (23 or 24). These documents provide the details of the committee meeting.

RVAAC Meeting Attendance



RVAAC Meeting Attendance

U.S. Access Board 
Rail Vehicles Access Advisory Committee
April 23 and 24, 2015
Washington, DC

Members Present:  26


  1. Alstom Transportation - Jon Holbrook
  2. American Council of the Blind - Terry Pacheco
  3. (Amtrak) National Railroad Passenger Corporation - Joseph Slaughter
  4. Assoc. of Programs for Rural Independent Living - Billy Altom (Committee Chair)
  5. California Department of Transportation, Division of Rail – Thomas Peacock
  6. Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access – Edward Steinfeld (day 2)
  7. Community Transportation Association of America - Robert Carlson
  8. Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund - Marilyn Golden
  9. Federal Railroad Administration - Linda Martin & Calvin Gibson
  10. Hearing Access Program - Janice Schacter Lintz (day 2)
  11. Hearing Loss Association of America – Lise Hamlin
  12. International Centre for Accessible Transportation - Uwe Rutenberg
  13. Maryland Transit Administration – David Hughson
  14. Metra & Northeast Illinois Regional Commuter Railroad Corporation – David Martinez
  15. Metropolitan Transportation Authority of the State of New York – Frank Maldari
  16. National Association of Railroad Passengers – Bob Reuter
  17. National Association of the Deaf – Andrew Phillips (day 2)
  18. National Council on Independent Living - Cliff Perez
  19. National Disability Rights Network - Dennis Cannon & Kenneth Shiotani
  20. New Jersey Transit – Ed Hoff
  21. Parsons Brinckerhoff – Francis Banko
  22. RailPlan International – Jonathan Michel
  23. Ricon Corporation – Dante DeLeo
  24. South West Transit Association - Crystal Lyons
  25. Talgo, Inc. – Joshua Coran
  26. United Spinal Association – Carol Tyson


Members Absent:  1

    27.Bombardier Transportation

Access Board Present:

  • Melissa Anderson, Transportation Engineer
    Paul Beatty, Accessibility Specialist and Designated Federal Officer to the Advisory Committee
    Lisa Fairhall, Deputy General Counsel
    Christopher S. Hart, Board Member and liaison to the advisory committee
    Marsha K. Mazz, Director, Office of Technical and Information Services
    Jim Pecht, Accessibility Specialist

Others Present:

  • Geoffry Ames (day 1)
    Michael Chisena, MPC Visionary Concepts
    Sid Goldstein, Transit Access Report
    Jennifer Hu, Texas Central High-Speed Railway
    Richard Lidbom, Amtrak Customer Advisory Committee (day 1)
    Carol Lopez (day 1)
    Don Mebius, LTK Engineering Services
    Glenn Millis, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
    David Nelson, Amtrak
    Douglas Pemberton (day 1)
    Melissa Shurland, Federal Railroad Administration
    Corinna Sigsbury
    Paul Smith (day 1)
    Mark Treadwell