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ADA Transition Plan LPA Resources

To remain eligible for federal transportation funding, FHWA-Indiana requires that agencies have an operating ADA Transition Plan. The 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) stipulated that every public agency with more than 50 employees have an ADA Transition Plan completed by January 26, 1995. The Bloomington/Monroe County Metropolitan Planning Organization established this page to serve as a resource for Local Public Agencies (e.g., Monroe County, City of Bloomington, Town of Ellettsville, MCCSC, etc.), as they work toward this requirement.

A good introductory resource for LPA's is the NCHP report (2009), ADA Transition Plans: A Guide to Best Management Practices (DOC 581.00 KB). This report details seven steps for meeting the requirements of ADA:

  1. Designate an ADA Coordinator
  2. Provide public notice of ADA requirements
  3. Establish a grievance procedure
  4. Develop internal design standards, specifications, and details
  5. Assign personnel for the development of the Transition Plan and completing it
  6. Approve a schedule and budget for the Transition Plan
  7. Monitor the progress on the implementation of the transition plan.

Below is a summary of additional resources that include a great deal of information about ADA Transition Plan requirements and related aspects of ADA:

Getting Started

ADA/504 Technical Assistance Tool (FHWA) (DOC 69.00 KB)

ADA Transition Planning Emphasis Area Guidance (PDF 144.10 KB)

Workshop and Webinar Presentations

ADA Workshop 8/5/11

The FHWA conducted an ADA Transition Plan Workshop for area local public agencies on August 5, 2011. The following materials were used and discussed during the workshop:

Other Materials

FHWA Presentation - ADA Transition Plans (PDF 105.84 KB)

APBP Webinar - ADA Transition Plans (PDF 5.97 MB)

Legal, Regulatory, and Enforcement Resources

Memo regarding FHWA oversight of ADA (PDF 55.13 KB)

ADA enforcement overview (DOC 42.00 KB)

Question and Answer on ADA/Section 504 (FHWA) (PDF 89.37 KB)

Technical Guidance

Asset Management Approaches to ADA Compliance (AASHTO) (PDF 5.00 MB)

Pedestrians Checklist and Considerations for Temporary Traffic Control Zones (FHWA) (PDF 1.70 MB)

ADA Best Practices Toolkit - Curb Ramps and Pedestrian Crossings (Department of Justice) (PDF 185.88 KB)

Case Studies and Examples

City of Bellevue, WA - ADA Sidewalk and Curb Ramp Compliance Program

City of Rancho Cordova (CA) ADA Transition Plan (PDF 3.12 MB)

Sacramento County (CA) ADA Transition Plan (PDF 6.37 MB)

Hawaii ADA Transition Plan (PDF 161.36 KB)

Field Data Inventory Form (Michiana Area Council of Goverments) (PDF 576.53 KB)

Prioritization Methodology (Michiana Area Council of Governments) (PDF 68.25 KB)

Contact Barbara Mckinney at (812) 349-3429 or to learn more about the City of Bloomington's ADA accomodation policies. If you are interested in getting involved in ADA issues in Bloomington, please refer to the webpage of the



According to a Mar. 14th U.S. Dept. of Justice news release, "Revised regulations implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) will take effect tomorrow, March 15, 2011, the Department of Justice announced. The revised rules are the department's first major revision of its guidance on accessibility in 20 years."

"The regulations apply to the activities of more than 80,000 units of state and local government and more than seven million places of public accommodation, including stores, restaurants, shopping malls, libraries, museums, sporting arenas, movie theaters, doctors' and dentists' offices, hotels, jails and prisons, polling places, and emergency preparedness shelters. The rules were signed by Attorney General Eric Holder on July 23, 2010, and the official text was published in the Federal Register on September 15, 2010."

"The department is also releasing a new document, 'ADA Update: A Primer for Small Business,' to help small businesses understand the new and updated accessibility requirements. In addition, the department is announcing the release of a new publication explaining when the various provisions of its amended regulations will take effect..." Both documents are available at