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image of accessible sidewalk ramp - Ankeny, Iowa The Americans with Disability Act (ADA), Title II, covers programs, services or activities relating to areas of public transportation and updating existing infrastructure. ADA places emphasis on the accessibility of infrastructure within the public right of way. To achieve accessibility and consistency, public agencies are required to modify their policies, practices and procedures to avoid discrimination without altering the fundamental nature of services, programs or activities. Facilities required to be ADA compliant include sidewalks, crosswalks, bus stops, pedestrian signals, pedestrian ramps, and other features related to the safe movement of pedestrians.

Agencies with more than 50 employees are required to prepare: 1) a self-evaluation of all roadways and pedestrian facilities within their jurisdiction; and 2) a transition plan for all noncompliant facilities. Agencies with 50 employees or less have the following requirements: 1) a self-evaluation of all roadways and pedestrian facilities within their jurisdiction; and 2) modify policies and practices to bring them into compliance. The transition plan must include a list of all noncompliant facilities, a detailed outline of the methods to be used to make facilities accessible, a schedule for compliance with ADA's Title II, and the name of the official responsible for the implementation of the transition plan. The transition plan will be viewed as a "living document" and updated regularly to reflect changes and to address new areas of noncompliance.