Upcoming U.S. Access Board Meeting and Webcast
The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board) plans to hold its regular committee and Board meetings in Washington, DC, Monday through Wednesday, March 9-11, 2020.
At the Board meeting scheduled on the afternoon of Wednesday, March 11, the Access Board will consider the following agenda items:
- Approval of January 15, 2020 draft meeting minutes (vote)
- Ad Hoc Committee Reports: Design Guidance; Frontier Issues
- Budget Committee
- Planning and Evaluation Committee
- Technical Programs Committee
- Election Assistance Commission Report
- Election of Officers
- Executive Director’s Report
- Public Comment (final 15 minutes of the meeting)
The Board also intends to update provisions for rail cars in its ADA Accessibility Guidelines for Transportation Vehicles according to recommendations from an advisory panel it organized. These recommendations address communication access, boarding and alighting, on-board circulation, seating, and rooms and spaces. The Board seeks feedback on these recommendations and related questions about the feasibility or potential impacts on vehicle design, operations, and cost. It is also interested in research, data, and technologies on improved accessibility to rail vehicles.
To learn more about the Access Board’s upcoming meeting, use this link: Access-Board.gov/the-board/meeting-notice
Members of the Access Board meet every two months. Board meetings are open to the public and typically span three days. Committee meetings and presentations usually take place on the first two days. Meetings of the full Board are normally held on the afternoon of the third day and are webcast live. Meeting webcasts are archived.
Members of the public can provide comments either in-person or over the telephone during the final 15 minutes of the Board meeting on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. Any individual interested in providing comment is asked to pre-register by sending an email to [email protected] with the subject line “Access Board meeting—Public Comment” with your name, organization, state, and topic of comment included in the body of your email. All emails to register for public comment must be received by Wednesday, March 4. Commenters will be provided with a call-in number and passcode before the meeting. Commenters will be called on in the order by which they are pre-registered. Due to time constraints, each commenter is limited to two minutes. Commenters on the telephone will be in a listen-only capacity until they are called on.
All meetings are accessible to persons with disabilities. An assistive listening system, Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART), and sign language interpreters will be available at the Board meeting and committee meetings. For the comfort of all participants and to promote a fragrance-free environment, attendees are requested not to use perfume, cologne, or other fragrances.