In the first quarter of 2011, Russ Parish, ATA Training and Education Coordinator, has trained nearly 125 Central Arkansas Transit Authority operators how to properly secure various mobility devices.
Effective March 1, 2011, Central Arkansas Transit Authority's new Wheelchair Securement Policy became effective.
CATA operators for fixed route, paratransit and street cars must require that a passenger permit their common wheelchair be secured.
FTA/ ADA regulations define a "common wheelchair" as a mobility aid belonging to any class of three or four-wheeled devices, usable indoors, designed for and used by individuals with mobility impairments, whether operated manually or powered. The device should not exceed 30"x48" in length measured two inches above groud, and does not weigh more than 600 pounds when occupied. [Section 37.3 of the DOT’s regulations implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) (49 CFR Parts 27, 37, and 38)]