Transition Plan Requirements for Local Agencies


Local public agencies with 50 or more employees that receive federal and/or state financial assistance through CDOT are required to develop a Transition Plan pursuant to 28 CFR §35.150(d).

CDOT's Curb Ramp Database:

28 CFR §35.150(d)(2) also requires a schedule for providing curb ramps. CDOT's Curb Ramp ArcGIS Database was developed through CDOT's Division of Transportation Development to evaluate existing geometric conditions of CDOT's curb ramps and their surrounding "footprint". This database will also be used as a tool to update geometrics of newly constructed/altered curb ramps and their surrounding footprint and/or pedestrian pushbuttons to show progress towards ADA compliance and equal access.

Click here for CDOT's ArcGIS Curb Ramp Database (You may be prompted to create a user account). This is a "Read Only" database which will be updated as projects that require construction or alteration of curb ramps and/or pedestrian pushbuttons are completed. 

CDOT's Transition Plan:

Click here for CDOT's Transition Plan.

For guidance on developing a Transition Plan, view FHWA's guidance for local public agencies.

What should a transition plan include?

The transition plan must include a schedule for providing access features, including curb ramps for walkways. The schedule should first provide for pedes­trian access upgrades to government offices and facilities, transporta­tion, places of public accommodation, and employers, followed by walkways serving other areas. 28 CFR §35.150(d)(2). The transition plan should accomplish the following four tasks:

1. Identify physical obstacles in the public agency's facilities that limit the accessibility of its programs or activities to individuals with disabilities;

2. Describe in detail the methods that will be used to make the facilities accessible;

3. Specify the schedule for taking the steps necessary to upgrade pedestrian access to meet ADA and Section 504 requirements in each year following the transition plan;

4. Indicate the official responsible for implementation of the plan.

Who is required to make a transition plan?

The ADA requires any public entity with more than 50 employees to make a transition plan setting forth the steps necessary to make its facilities accessible to persons with disabilities. 28 CFR §35.150(d).

When and how should a transition plan be updated?

An agency's transition plan should have been completed by January 26, 1992, and should be based on updates of the self-evaluation conducted to comply with the requirements of 28 CFR §35.105. The plan should be updated periodically to ensure the ongoing needs of the community continue to be met. Changes to the plan shall be made available to the public for comment. The public entity should specifically target any local community groups representing persons with disabilities for comment, to ensure that the entity is meeting the local priorities of the persons with disabilities in that community.

The ADA deadline for completing the improvements listed in the transition plans was January 26, 1995. For those public entities that have not completed their self-evaluation and transition plans, it is critical that they complete this process.