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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 S. 1680, 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 (S. 1680) 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.

In order to further the ASAP Act, we ask for the support of national, state, and local organizations and agencies:

A wheelchair user using a wheelchair lift to disembark from a train.
  1. Agencies and organizations interested in being added to the list of supporters may use this link to sign on and to receive occasional action alerts and updates on the bill’s progress.

    Use this link to send an email to your members of Congress to urge them to sign on to the ASAP Act.

All of the supporters of the ASAP Act will be listed on the ASAP Act page on Access Living’s website. You can view the full list of supporters of the ASAP Act below.


Background of the ASAP Act:

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

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.


Supporters of the All Stations Accessibility Program Act of 2021:

National

  • American Council of the Blind
  • American Foundation for the Blind
  • Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund
  • National Council on Independent Living
  • National Disability Rights Network
  • Paralyzed Veterans of America
  • Shared Use Mobility Center

State

  • The Statewide Independent Living Council of Illinois

Local

  • Access Living (Chicago)
  • Active Transportation Alliance (Chicago)
  • Chicago Transit Authority
  • City of Chicago
  • Collaborative Community Housing Initiative (Highwood, Illinois)
  • Elevated Chicago
  • LINC, Inc. (Swansea, Illinois)
  • Metra (Chicago area)
  • Metropolitan Planning Council (Chicago)
  • Neighborhood Access (Concord, New Hampshire)
  • Progress Center for Independent Living (Forest Park, Illinois)
  • Rise and Resist Elevator Action Group (New York City, New York)
  • United Spinal Greater Philadelphia Area Chapter
  • Temple Sholom of Chicago
  • Working on Wellness Foundation (Mokena, Illinois)