NEW JERSEY – Senator Kristin Corrado’s legislation that would make is easier for residents living with autism spectrum disorder or developmental disabilities to travel independently was advanced by the Senate Transportation Committee.
“We need to reconsider the design and implementation of our transportation systems so all of our residents can benefit, especially those who are mobility challenged,” said Corrado (R-40). “The buses, trains, and roads most of us take for granted are not designed with vulnerable travelers in mind. This bill will help ensure that all commuters can share the same accessibility and opportunities.”
Corrado’s bill, S-1966, would require the Department of Transportation (DOT), the New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJT) and the Department of Human Services (DHS) to review current infrastructure design practices for highway and public transportation projects.
“Convenient, safe, and reliable transportation is a necessity for all. This bill will encourage state agencies to do a better job serving individuals who may require special design considerations,” Corrado said.
Under the measure, the three agencies are also directed to study nationwide best practices and identify ways to operate more accessible public roadway facilities and public transportation services.