The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law on July 26, 1990. The ADA is Civil Rights Legislation which requires that persons with disabilities receive transportation services equal to those available on our regular door to door service.
Our goal is to make traveling easier for ADA clients in our region. Garfield County Transportation runs throughout Garfield County and is based on regularly scheduled days and times.
The ADA requires Garfield County Transportation to transport people whose wheelchairs or power scooters meet the following standards:
- The equipment must have 3 or 4 wheels.
- The measurement of the equipment is no more than 30” wide and 48” long, including footrests and backpacks.
- The equipment with passenger must not weigh more than 600 lbs. when occupied.
- Walkers must be collapsible and stored between seats.
- Equipment must be in good working order, with batteries charged, tires pumped up, brakes working, footrests attached and all parts secure.
Operators will use front and rear tie-downs to secure wheelchairs. Passengers will be asked to leave the vehicle if they refuse to have their device secured. Drivers will assist passengers with securement systems, ramps and seatbelts however: drivers cannot assist people using power chairs or scooters with the operation of their equipment.
Garfield County Transportation strongly encourages clients to transfer out of their scooters and into a seat while riding on the bus.
Personal Care Attendants
Persons who might need extra help while traveling on Garfield County Transportation can have their personal care attendant (PCA) travel with them. A PCA is someone who accompanies the rider on the trip, providing assistance for those with disabilities. A PCA is strongly encouraged for people who might need additional assistance getting to and from a GCT vehicle. One PCA will ride for free on GCT, but only when traveling with their client. Riders should make GCT aware that they intend to use a PCA when they are arranging Garfield County Transportation services. Obtaining a PCA is the rider’s responsibility. Garfield County Transportation does not provide PCA’s. Companions (not acting in the role of a PCA) will be permitted to ride as space allows and are expected to make a donation. Garfield County Transportation provides Door-to Door service. If a passenger needs assistance at the end of a trip (for instance into the house) the passenger is responsible for arranging the necessary assistance. Garfield County Transportation Drivers will not provide Physical assistance, including but not limited to lifting Clients, entering client’s homes, or assistance upon arrival at the destination.
A service animal is any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability. In order to ride Garfield County Transportation
- Service Animals must be on a leash or in a container, remain under control of the owner and behave appropriately.
- Birds, reptiles, amphibians, rodents and cats must be kept in an enclosed carrier/container.
- Animal must remain at your feet or in your lap. It may not sit on a vehicle seat.
- The Animal must not be aggressive toward people or other animals.
Portable Oxygen Devices
Individuals with disabilities who use portable oxygen devices are allowed to travel with respirators and properly secured portable oxygen supplies. Oxygen supplies must not obstruct the aisle. (49 CFR 37.167(h)
Stops at major intersections, transfer points, and destination points will be announced on Request. (49 CFR 37.167 (a-c))
Notification of the Policy
Garfield County Transportation will notify the public of the ADA policy on the website and the Garfield County Transportation Brochure.