Transition Plan

Under federal laws, regulations and guidance, state (and local) governments must develop a transition plan to remediate deficiencies addressed in the self-evaluation. SHA’s transition plan, which goes beyond the minimal requirements, does several things, listed below.

ADA improvements in the public rights of way are accomplished through a variety of construction and maintenance programs, such are resurfacing, spot safety, etc. However, the ADA Retrofit Program (Fund 33) is specifically targeted to address ADA deficiencies found in the self-evaluation. SHA initial Transition Plan was completed in December, 2009. It is continually updated.

The transition plan does several items:

A. Prioritize Items Identified in Self-Evaluation

  • In conjunction with the ADA Task Force, develop criteria to be applied consistently throughout State
  • Give priority to covered entities including State and local government offices and facilities, transportation, places of public accommodation, and employers, followed by walkways serving other areas (28 CFR §35.150(d)(2))
  • Review input from public outreach during self-assessment
  • Identify deficiencies that would be addressed by other programmed projects
  • Prioritize remaining needs

B. Describe methods used to make facilities accessible

  • Undertake alterations to meet standard
  • Install new facilities to provide access where gaps exist
  • Consider new technology

C. Develop Specific schedule for improving facilities

A schedule developed to implement specific improvements based on the prioritization of needs, the estimated cost of improvements, and available funding. The dates for this schedule are tied to the self-evaluation. Maryland’s county-by-county approach to the self-evaluation is intended facilitate early implementation of projects.

D. Identify funding

  • Funding sources
  • Funding levels
  • Cash Flow (funding by year)
  • A description of any modifications made (i.e. action plan)

E. Transition Plan

The transition plan, initially completed in December 2009, was developed through the following steps:

  • Draft Transition Plan
  • Solicit review and comment from people with disabilities and other interested individuals or organizations
  • Finalize Transition Plan Make final
  • Plan available for public inspection

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