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DOJ/CRT RIN: 1190-AA77 Publication ID: Fall 2021 
Title: ●Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability by State and Local Governments; Public Right-of-Way 
Abstract:

The Department of Justice anticipates issuing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would establish accessibility requirements to ensure that sidewalks and other pedestrian facilities in the public right-of-way are accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities. 

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) directs the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board) to issue minimum guidelines to ensure that buildings, facilities, rail passenger cars, and vehicles are accessible, in terms of architecture and design, transportation, and communication, to individuals with disabilities. The Access Board intends to issue minimum accessibility guidelines for pedestrian facilities in the public right-of-way, called the Accessibility Guidelines for Pedestrian Facilities in the Public Right-of-Way. 

The ADA directs the Department of Justice to promulgate regulations implementing subtitle A of title II of the ADA. The ADA further directs that the Department of Justice’s regulations include standards that are consistent with the minimum ADA guidelines issued by the Access Board. Accordingly, the Department of Justice intends to propose requirements for the construction and alteration of pedestrian facilities covered by subtitle A of Title II of the ADA that are consistent with the Access Board’s minimum Accessibility Guidelines for Pedestrian Facilities in the Public Right-of-Way.

 
Agency: Department of Justice(DOJ)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 28 CFR 35   
Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 12134(a)    42 U.S.C. 12134(c)   
Legal Deadline:  None

Statement of Need:

This rule is necessary to ensure that pedestrian facilities in the public right-of-way are accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities. The Access Board intends to issue minimum accessibility guidelines for pedestrian facilities in the public right-of-way, and the ADA requires the Department of Justice to include standards in its regulations implementing subtitle A of title II of the ADA that are consistent with the minimum ADA guidelines issued by the Access Board. Accordingly, the Department of Justice intends to propose requirements for the construction and alteration of pedestrian facilities covered by subtitle A of title II of the ADA that are consistent with the Access Board’s minimum Accessibility Guidelines for Pedestrian Facilities in the Public Right-of-Way. These requirements would ensure that people with disabilities have access to sidewalks, curb ramps, pedestrian street crossings, and other pedestrian facilities in the public right-of-way.

Summary of the Legal Basis:

The summary of the legal basis for this regulation is set forth in the above abstract.

Alternatives:

There are no appropriate alternatives to issuing this NPRM because the ADA requires the Department of Justice to include standards in its regulations implementing subtitle A of title II of the ADA that are consistent with the minimum ADA guidelines issued by the Access Board.  The Access Board’s accessibility guidelines will only become binding when the Department of Justice adopts them as legally enforceable requirements through rulemaking.

Anticipated Costs and Benefits:

The Department anticipates costs to state and local governments given that this rule would require that the construction and alteration of pedestrian facilities in the public right-of-way comply with the Department’s accessibility requirements under subtitle A of title II of the ADA.  

Risks:

Failure to adopt requirements for the construction and alteration of pedestrian facilities covered by subtitle A of title II of the ADA that are consistent with the Access Board’s minimum Accessibility Guidelines for Pedestrian Facilities in the Public Right-of-Way would mean that such Access Board guidelines would remain nonbinding and unenforceable.  It would also mean that the Department would not be complying with its obligation to ensure that the standards in its regulations are consistent with the minimum ADA guidelines issued by the Access Board.

Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  09/00/2022 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Local, State 
Small Entities Affected: Governmental Jurisdictions  Federalism: Undetermined 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Rebecca Bond
Chief, Disability Rights Section
Department of Justice
Civil Rights Division
4 Constitution Square, 150 M Street NE,
Washington, DC 20002
Phone:202 305-2952