Kean Measure to Ease Transportation Access for Residents with Developmental Disabilities Clears Senate
Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean that would make it easier to travel independently for state residents with autism or developmental disabilities gained Senate approval today.
Kean’s bill (A-5334/S-3442) 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 and improve access for those with disabilities.
“The designs of our roads, buses and trains do not consider the needs of people living with disabilities,” said Kean (R-21). “This bill will help ensure residents who face mobility challenges have the same opportunity to travel the rest of us enjoy. It is time to re-evaluate the way transportation systems are designed and built so all of our residents can benefit.”
Under Kean’s bill, the three agencies are also directed to conduct a study of nationwide best practices and identify ways to operate public roadway facilities and public transportation services so they are more accessible.
“Our state can do better, and this is a step in the right direction,” Kean said. “Mobility is not a luxury in today’s world. It is a necessity.”