The Department of Justiceís (DOJ) updated Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessible Design Standards (2010) become mandatory March 15 for new construction and alterations covered by ADA. Optional use of the original 1991 ADA standards will no longer be allowed beginning March 15. DOJ adopted the updated standards in September 2010, but permitted continued use of the 1991 standards for 18 months to allow time for transitioning to the 2010 edition.
The 2010 standards set minimum requirements - both scoping and technical - for newly designed and constructed or altered state and local government facilities, public accommodations and commercial facilities to be readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities.
For state and local government facilities covered by title II, compliance with the 2010 standards is required where the physical start of construction or alteration occurs on or after March 15, 2012. However, public transportation facilities, including bus stops and rail stations, are subject to ADA standards issued by the Department of Transportation (DOT), not DOJ. DOTís updated ADA standards (2006), which are very similar to DOJís 2010 edition, are already mandatory for public transportation facilities.
More information and copies of the 2010 standards are available on DOJís website at www.ada.gov.