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LACMTA ADA Compliance Review - September 30, 2010

Location: Los Angeles, CA
Date of Final Review: September 30, 2010

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transprtation Authority (LACMTA) - Stop Announcement/Route Identification Transmittal Letter

September 30, 2010

Mr. Arthur T. Leahy
Chief Executive Officer
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
One Gateway Plaza
Los Angeles, California 90012-2952

Dear Mr. Leahy:

Thank you for your response to the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) letter and preliminary report of findings of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) Fixed Route Stop Announcement and Route Identification compliance review conducted at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) from March 16 to 20, 2009. Given that LACMTA had no comments or corrections to the preliminary report except for an update on the fleet used by contractors, we now consider it to be a final report and have attached a copy so marked. The final report will be posted on FTA’s website.

Enclosed with this letter is a progress table listing FTA’s understanding of the corrective actions either planned or taken by LACMTA in response to the preliminary findings contained in the draft report. If you feel that our summarization of corrective actions is inconsistent with your response, please inform us in writing as soon as possible.
Following most of the areas where findings were made, we have:

  • Identified responses that adequately address the finding
  • Requested documentation of results and outcomes
  • Requested LACMTA to clarify specific corrective actions

We recognize the progress that you have made in responding to the findings of the review as presented in your May 27, 2010, letter. We request that you continue to report on the corrective actions that LACMTA has completed or intends to implement as a result of our findings.

Please continue to use the enclosed table as the format to report progress to FTA on the corrective actions that you are implementing to address the findings. The requested documentation, along with updates on the status of implementation of proposed corrective actions, should be provided in quarterly reports to FTA. Each report should include the planned and actual completion date of the corrective action; the current status and contact person information for each corrective action; and specific reporting requests cited on the enclosed table. The first report will be due on November 15, 2010, and should include data for the period through October 2010, and any actions completed prior to that date that have not already been addressed. Additional reports will be due by February 15, 2011 and May 15, 2011 and each calendar quarter thereafter until FTA releases LACMTA from this reporting requirement.

I commend you for the efforts that LACMTA has already made to correct the deficiencies identified in the draft report, and we anticipate your continued endeavors to fully implement your proposed corrective actions. We appreciate the cooperation and assistance that you and your staff provided during this review.

Should you have any questions about the enclosed report, the reporting table, or this letter, please contact Susan Clark of my office at (202) 493-0511 or via e-mail: sue.clark@dot.gov. Please provide a copy of each quarterly progress reporting table and copies of all correspondence to her via e-mail. An electronic copy of the reporting table is being forwarded to facilitate progress reporting.

It would also be very helpful to us if you would provide electronic copies of all correspondence to this office to Mr. Derrin Jourdan, FTA Regional Civil Rights Office at his e-mail address: derrin.jourdan@dot.gov.

We would appreciate your prompt response.

Sincerely,

Cheryl L. Hershey
Director
FTA Office of Civil Rights

Enclosures

cc: Leslie T. Rogers, FTA Region IX Administrator
Derrin Jourdan, FTA Region IX Civil Rights Officer
Nadeem S. Tahir, FTA Region IX Director of Program Management & Oversight
Ray Tellis, FTA Los Angeles Metropolitan Office Team Leader
Don Ott, LACMTA Executive Office of Administration
Chip Hazen, LACMTA ADA Compliance Officer
Jim Purdy, Planners Collaborative, Inc.

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