Community participation and public transportation barriers experienced by people with disabilities

Significant challenges face individuals with disabilities as they use public transportation, and certain disability groups are more severely impacted by these problems.


A national survey of people with disabilities was conducted to understand the barriers and supports to accessing public transportation and the impact on community participation. 

A majority of respondents experienced difficulties accessing public transportation, and community activities that do not occur on a regular schedule are more affected by problems with public transportation. Individuals with blindness or low vision, psychiatric disabilities, chronic health conditions, or multiple disabilities experienced more problems using public transportation for community participation, along with participants who were female, Hispanic, Latino/Latina, or Spanish origin.

Conducted as part of the ADA PARC research collaboration