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Program Purpose

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) requires all public transit systems that provide fixed route bus and rail service to also provide paratransit (usually vans and small buses) service for people with disabilities who cannot use the fixed route bus and train service.

Funding Features

TEA-21 provides that transit systems may use up to 10 percent of their annual apportionment of formula funds (at the 80% Federal to 20% local matching ratio) to pay for some of their ADA paratransit operating costs.

This expanded use of capital funding is applicable to both the Section 5307 Urbanized Area Formula Program and the Section 5311 Nonurbanized Area Formula Program. [3003]


TEA-21 expands the definition of capital assistance to include some operating costs associated with providing ADA paratransit service. [3003]

September 14, 1998

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