Support the All Stations Accessibility Act (ASAP) of 2021

 
A Black woman holding a protest sign that says, "We Will Ride."
1988 – Chicago’s disabled community exerts public pressure for equal access to public transit.

Real Access to Public Transit is Long Overdue

Support the ASAP Act in Congress

Access to public transportation was one of the earliest advocacy issues for people with disabilities as we sought to find ways to live our best lives in our communities. While there has been progress in public transportation accessibility, the Federal Transit Administration stated that, as of 2019, 20 percent of all public transit stations across the country failed to meet accessibility criteria.

The time has come for real access to public transportation.

The ASAP Act would establish a discretionary grant program that supports local transit authority and commuter rail efforts to increase the number of existing accessible stations or facilities that meet or exceed accessibility design standards under the ADA for rapid rail and commuter rail systems. The program would appropriate $10 billion over 10 years – at least $1 billion annually – for this grant program.

A wheelchair user using a wheelchair lift to disembark from a train.

In order to further the ASAP Act, we ask for the support of national, state and local organizations and agencies. The supporter list will be posted at the ASAP Act page for Access Living.

Initial supporters include the City of Chicago, Chicago Transit Authority, Metra, Access Living, American Foundation for the Blind, Paralyzed Veterans of America, National Disability Rights Network, Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund and American Council of the Blind.

Support ASAP:

  • Organizations and agencies interested in being added to the list of supporters may use this link to sign on. Organizational representatives will receive occasional action alerts and email updates on the progress of the bill.
  • Send an email to your members of Congress to urge them to sign on to the ASAP Act, at this link.

A Kimball-bound brown line train waits for passengers at an L station.

Background of the ASAP Act:

In May 2021, members of Congress introduced the All Stations Accessibility Program (ASAP) Act of 2021, legislation that aims to help make public transportation systems more accessible to people with disabilities. In the U.S. Senate, the ASAP Act was introduced by U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Chair Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging Chair Bob Casey (D-PA). In the U.S. House, the ASAP Act was introduced by Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04), and Congresswoman Marie Newman (IL-03) members of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. 

For more information about this bill, contact Amber Smock, Director of Advocacy, at asmock@accessliving.org.