As you are probably aware, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed by Congress 15 years ago to ensure equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment, state and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and transportation. Some of the ADA standards which deal with the public right of way (such as curb ramps, sidewalks, etc.) apply to projects that receive federal funds via earmarks under the "Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Integration Program " within the Transportation Equity Act for the 21 st Century (TEA-21) or other ITS projects. Since California has several agencies which are such recipients, this letter is intended to provide a better understanding of how the ADA requirements may apply to these project. Since many "ITS Integration " projects have different characteristics than other transportation projects, this correspondence applies only to the ITS Integration Program Projects. Other types of projects, including traffic signal upgrades and projects involving major construction, are NOT addressed in this memo. Furthermore, this guidance does not cover employment requirements under the ADA or the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. References to applicable laws and guidance documents are listed at the end of the letter and ar
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