All DART paratransit buses as well as FAST fixed route buses are equipped with wheelchair lifts/ramps. You may travel with your mobility device as long as the lift can accommodate the size and weight of the device when occupied, and there is space for it on the vehicle.
In order to meet ADA accessibility guidelines, fixed route buses and ADA Paratransit vehicles, are required to accommodate a wheelchair or scooter that measures up to 30-inches wide and 48-inches long and weighs less than 600 pounds when occupied. Mobility devices that fall within these ranges are referred to as “common” wheelchairs under the ADA. Vehicles must also have sufficient maneuvering space to allow a “common” wheelchair to reach the securement area.
If a mobility device is of a size that would block an aisle or is unable to fully enter the vehicle and interfere with the safe evacuation of passengers in an emergency, the operator could deny carriage of the mobility device, if doing so was necessary as a result of a legitimate safety requirement.
Legitimate Safety Requirements (ADA Regulations 49 CFR 37):
- The weight of your mobility device, when occupied, must not exceed the weight indicated in the lift/ramp specifications.
- Your mobility device must not be of a size that would block an aisle or be too large to fully enter the vehicle.
- Your mobility device must not interfere with the safe evacuation of passengers in an emergency.
Mobility devices with leaky or dead batteries will not be allowed onboard the bus.