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News Blog: PBOT invites Portlanders to review and share feedback on bureau’s newly released Draft ADA Transition Plan Update

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Review the plan, take our survey and join us for a virtual open house to learn more about the bureau's plan to make Portland's transportation system more accessible
Two Portlanders, one with a white cane and one with a seeing eye dog, cross SE Belmont Street. Photo by PBOT.
Two Portlanders, one with a white cane and one with a seeing eye dog, cross SE Belmont Street. Photo by PBOT.

(Aug. 25, 2020) The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) released the Draft ADA Title II Public Rights of Way Transition Plan Update for public review today. The draft Transition Plan updates and replaces the bureau’s 1996 plan and fulfills the requirements set forth in Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). PBOT’s Transition Plan defines how the bureau will identify obstructions in the public right of way and in the bureau’s programs, policies, practices and procedures that create barriers to people with disabilities. It will also identify methods to remove those barriers and a schedule for implementation.

A person in a wheelchair waits at a Portland Streetcar stop. Photo by PBOT.
A person in a wheelchair waits at a Portland Streetcar stop. Photo by PBOT.

PBOT is committed to increasing diversity, advancing equity and fostering inclusion in everything that we do. According to data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), 23% of people living in Multnomah County have a disability. In Clackamas County, 22% of people have a disability and in Washington County, 19% has a disability. According to data from the 2013-2018 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year estimate, the percentage of the population that reports having a disability increases with age. The types of disability include mobility, hearing, vision, cognitive, self-care, and independent living. Of Portlanders between 5 and 17 years of age, 6.3% have a disability. Portlanders who are 75 years of age and older report a rate of disability at 53.5%.

The primary goal of PBOT’s updated Transition Plan is to provide full program access to all Portlanders. A fully accessible transportation system is one that is safe, allows all people to move through it, and is appropriately built and maintained. This Transition Plan provides PBOT with specific information on public right of way and program barriers, identifying steps to eliminate them.

We want to hear from you!

Tell us about your experience accessing our transportation system and if you’ve had challenges accessing any of our programs, practices, procedures, or policies. We also want to hear your thoughts on how we prioritize the work of the plan. Information is available on the ADA Title II Transition Plan website.

The plan is available in 11 languages: English, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Lao, Romanian, Russian, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese. A survey for public feedback on the plan is also available in all 11 languages.  

Additionally, the bureau invites the public to attend one of our virtual houses on the plan. Click on the date to register for the open house on Zoom:

We know this is a challenging time for many in our community and we thank you in advance for providing your thoughtful feedback. Local community groups and organizations may contact PBOT’s ADA Coordinator, Lisa Strader, to schedule additional presentations or question and answer sessions. Contact information is available on PBOT’s ADA Title II Transition Plan website.