Passenger Vessels:  Background

This rulemaking will develop guidelines under the ADA for access to ferries, cruise ships, excursion boats, and other passenger vessels.  These guidelines will supplement the Board’s ADA Accessibility Guidelines for Transportation Vehicles.

Background:  When guidelines for transit vehicles originally were issued under the ADA, the Board and the Department of Transportation (DOT) decided that further study was needed before guidelines could be developed for passenger vessels.  The agencies sponsored a study that examined the impact of access to vessels and shore facilities.  This project was completed in July 1996 and provided valuable information for rulemaking.  The Board and DOT also held an information meeting with organizations representing people with disabilities and the marine industry to determine the scope and complexity of the rulemaking.

Rulemaking History