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A.M. peak period
Period of time in the morning when additional services are provided to handle higher passenger volumes. The period begins when normal, scheduled headways are reduced and ends when headways return to normal.
AAA
Area Agency on Aging. The local entity that plans senior services and advocates for the elderly within their communities, administering provisions of the Older Americans Act (see OAA). Also the American Automobile Association.
AASHTO
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
ABA
American Bus Association
Access Board
Common name for the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, an independent Federal agency whose mission is to develop guidelines for accessible facilities and services and to provide technical assistance to help public and private entities understand and comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Access to Jobs
Federal funding for programs to increase work-related transportation available to low-income individuals. Authorized in TEA-21. Non-profit organizations and municipalities can apply to FTA for funding.
Accessibility
The extent to which facilities are barrier- free and usable by people with disabilities, including those using wheelchairs.
Accessible Station
A public transportation passenger station that provides ready access, is useable and does not have physical barriers that prohibit and/or restrict access by people with disabilities, including those who use wheelchairs.
Accessible Vehicle
Public transportation revenue vehicles that do not restrict access, are useable and provide allocated space and/or priority seating for people who use wheelchairs.