ADA accessibility to ART and Metrobus in Arlington County.
|Population within walking distance of ADA accessible ART & Metrobus stops||61.75%||75.5%|
|ADA accessible ART & Metrobus stops||21.5%||26.3%|
|Employment within walking distance of ADA accessible ART & Metrobus stops||82.2%||89.2%|
The Americans with Disability Act (ADA) dictates requirements for bus stops, as well as connecting pedestrian infrastructure (including sidewalks and pathways), to be equitably accessible for persons with disabilities and/or mobility devices. ADA accessible bus service is measured here in absolute number of bus stops meeting ADA requirements and in terms of the accessibility of employment or various groups to those bus stops.
The comparison of ADA accessibility at transit stops to the geographic distribution of underserved populations helps Arlington measure the distribution of transit infrastructure in order to identify instances of the in-equitable provision of accessible facilities. This measure can identify needs that should be filled and can help to track the movement of these populations so as to ensure continued and equitable access to transit services.
Likewise the tracking of accessibility of transit near employment also can identify needs for improved access for persons with disabilities to job opportunities. This measure ties into the MTP Goal 1: Provide High‐Quality Transportation Services and Goal 4: Establish Equity.
Approximately three-quarters of the bus stops in Arlington County are not compliant with the ADA guidelines. During the same period, between 2008 and 2014, the County also increased the number of compliant bus stops by almost five percent.
Similarly, there have been significant improvement in residents’ access to an ADA bus stop, with an increase of almost 14 percent between 2008 and 2014. In 2008, the 82.2 percent of jobs had access to an accessible bus stop.
- Population: American Community Survey (2008, 2012 five-year estimates)
- Employment: LEHD (2008)
- County Transportation Network Data, 2008 and 2014