U.S. Access Board Extends Comment Period for Update of Rail Vehicle Guidelines

The U.S. Access Board has extended the deadline for comments on its update of accessibility guidelines for rail cars to allow the public and interested parties more time to submit feedback. As indicated in a notice published in today’s Federal Register, an additional 60 days is being added to the comment period.

In February, the Board initiated rulemaking through an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to update requirements in its ADA Accessibility Guidelines for Transportation Vehicles that apply to rail cars, including those used in rapid, light, commuter, and intercity rail systems. The notice outlines the Board’s plan to update these guidelines according to recommendations from an advisory panel it chartered, the Rail Vehicles Access Advisory Committee. The advance notice seeks comment on the committee recommendations to enhance provisions that cover vehicle communications, boarding and alighting, on-board circulation, seating, and rooms and spaces. It also poses a number of questions from the Board on specific topics.

Comments are now due July 14, 2020, instead of May 14. The advance notice, which includes instructions for submitting comments, is posted on regulations.gov (Docket ATBCB-2020-0002). For more information, contact Juliet Shoultz at (202) 272-0045 or shoultz@access-board.gov for technical questions or Wendy Marshall at (202) 272-0043 or marshall@access-board.gov for legal questions.