For immediate release
Friday, July 29, 2016
Contact: Bob Philbin
Capital Area Transit Celebrates 26th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act
(Harrisburg) — This week marks the 26th Anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Act by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990, historic legislation assuring civil rights protections to people with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age and religion.
The ADA Act and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) also provide equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities for access to businesses, employment, transportation, state and local government programs and services, and telecommunications.
“CAT established the Capital Area Transit People with Disabilities Advisory Committee to assure people with disabilities (PWD) and support organizations, like the Center for Independent Living of Central Pennsylvania, have a direct voice in transit services guaranteed by ADA and provided by CAT,” Bob Philbin, Director of Public Information and Customer Experience said.
The CAT PWD Advisory Committee is currently conducting a comprehensive survey of People with Disabilities transit needs. You can take part in the survey now by clicking here.
CAT Shared-Ride served 203,057 riders system wide in the last fiscal year, of which 34,423 were ADA qualified, and 11,532 were PWD riders.
Capital Area Transit was incorporated in 1973 when Cumberland County and Dauphin County Commissioners and the City of Harrisburg organized CAT to provide mass transit Fixed-Route and Paratransit shared-ride services, which today conveniently and safely transport about 2.5 million riders a year in the thousand square mile capital region. Visit www.cattransit.com, follow CAT on Facebook or Twitter at @CATTransit, or call CAT’s Public Information Office at 717-238-8304 for more information. “Where CAT Goes, Community Grows.”
Media Note: The ADA National Network and its ten regional ADA Centers across the United States offer an ADA Anniversary Tool Kit for use by the public and the media through the ADA Anniversary website (ADAanniversary.org).