Accessible Public Transportation is a legal right any time of the year. However, awareness of these rights by both travelers and carriers is especially heightened during the Holiday season. This is due to the increased volume of travelers as well as the sometimes hazardous nature of winter travel and unavoidable delays.
There are two laws that directly apply to protecting individuals with a disability in transit. The American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) covers public transportation, such as city buses and rail carries in Title II; as well as private carriers such as taxis, private buses and hotel shuttles in Title III. The Air Carrier Access Act provides these protections in commercial airline settings.