As more groups in the transit industry are partnering with on-demand, shared mobility services such as ride-hailing companies, there are still accessibility requirements to meet the ADA.
If a shared mobility project doesn’t use federal funding, does it still have to comply with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements?
Yes. The ADA applies regardless of whether there is federal funding involved. The applicable requirements may depend upon the nature of the project and the service that will result, such as fixed route, general public demand responsive, or ADA paratransit. A transit operator entering an arrangement with a ridesourcing entity to provide fixed-route service using only local funds would be required to ensure that any vehicle used on the system is accessible to and usable by persons with disabilities, including wheelchair
users, and ensure that paratransit is provided as a complement to such routes.
Aren’t private companies like ride-sourcing entities exempt from U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) ADA requirements?
No. The DOT ADA regulations cover transportation provided by both public and private entities, whether or not they are primarily engaged in the provision of transportation service.
For example, if a hotel provides shuttle service to fixed attractions like the airport, the vehicles may not need to be accessible as long as an equivalent service is provided for persons with disabilities, including wheelchair users.
Can a transit system use ride-sourcing to provide a portion of its ADA paratransit service?

Yes. But it’s important to remember that all ADA service criteria apply:
  -Origin-to-destination service
  -Service area (at least 3/4 mile on either side of a fixed route
  -Response time (next day, with advance reservation and real-time scheduling permitted
  – Fares not more than twice the regular fixed route fare
  – No restrictions on trip purpose
  – Hours and days of service the same as fixed route
  – No capacity constraints
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Dana Gover, MPA, and ACTCP Certification, ADA Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator 

For more information about ADA Technical Assistance visit the NW ADA Center Idaho website:
Phone: Voice and Text 208-841-9422
Idaho Relay Service: 7