Paths to ADA-Compliance: The Performance and Cost Efficiency of Measurement Technologies that Support ADA-Mandated, Self-Evaluations of Pedestrian Rights of Way

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 is a civil rights statute that prohibits discrimination against people who have disabilities. As a necessary step to providing accessibility under the ADA, local public entities are required to perform inventories of their current facilities. The information developed through the inventory (or self-evaluation) process must be quantified and presented as a baseline so that progress can be monitored and measured. While the incentives for completing an ADA transition plan are many--e.g., they act as valid defenses in ADA-related legal actions and work toward fostering more walkable, attractive, and livable communities, overall--completing an inventory of physical barriers can be a daunting task given municipal budget and staffing constraints. The proposed research would carry out both performance-based and cost efficiency analyses of existing and emerging technologies that are (or can be) used to measure physical barriers in public rights-of-way. By identifying and comparing key factors including the potential risks and gains of various measurement approaches would provide a useful starting point for public entities to assess efficacy of implementation and encourage broader compliance with ADA guidelines. This research is expected to address issues and challenges that municipalities face in developing their self-evaluation results for ADA transition plan. Students in this project will learn about various sensing and mobile technologies and their application in the transportation and infrastructure domain.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $107130
  • Contract Numbers:

    DTRT13-G-UTC60; TRC-16-1

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Transportation Research Center for Livable Communities

    Western Michigan University
    Kalamazoo, MI  United States  49009-5316

    Western Michigan University

    1903 W. Michigan Avenue
    Kalamazoo, MI  United States  49008-5241
  • Project Managers:

    Dunn, Denise

  • Performing Organizations:

    Transportation Research Center for Livable Communities

    Western Michigan University
    Kalamazoo, MI  United States  49009-5316

    Western Michigan University

    1903 W. Michigan Avenue
    Kalamazoo, MI  United States  49008-5241
  • Principal Investigators:

    Oh, Jun-Seok

    Ro, Kapseong

    Smith, Christopher

  • Start Date: 20160901
  • Expected Completion Date: 20180430
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers
  • Subprogram: Research

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01609828
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Center for Livable Communities
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC60; TRC-16-1
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Sep 2 2016 9:09AM