“That is not right, it is not fair, and it is not smart, constricting the lives of millions of Americans in communities across the country, robbing them of opportunity and robbing communities of their potential to fully contribute, and that is what we intend to change through ASAP,” hy het bygevoeg.
In a White House fact sheet shared with CNN, the administration says the program “will provide support for transit agencies to repair, improve, modify, retrofit, or relocate infrastructure of stations or facilities for passenger use. Planning activities by transit agencies seeking to improve accessibility also qualify for ASAP funds.”
Transit agencies and authorities will have to apply through the Federal Transit Administration to receive grant funding and will have to match 20% of project funding.
Demokratiese sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, who introduced the provision as part of last year’s law and is a wheelchair user, told reporters on a call Monday she is “opgewonde” to be part of Tuesday’s announcement.
Because of the funding, sy het gese, “more in our community will be able to get to work and get to work, more moms will be able to take their newborns to the pediatrician appointments, more Americans will be able to live the full, independent lives they deserve.”
The announcement is the latest in a series of steps the Department of Transportation has taken to improve accessibility in transportation, insluitend $ 1 billion in infrastructure law funding earlier this month for the modernization of airport terminals and the move to publish the nation’s first-ever bill of rights for airline passengers with disabilities.