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1 State or board, commission or other instrumentality of a 2 State and political subdivision.

3 SEC. 302. DISCRIMINATION.

4 No qualified individual with a disability shall, by reason 5 of his or her disability, be excluded from the participation in, 6 be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination by 7 a State, or agency or political subdivision of a State or board, 8 commission, or other instrumentality of a State and political

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10 SEC. 303. ACTIONS APPLICABLE TO PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

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CONSIDERED DISCRIMINATORY.

12 (a) DEFINITION.-As used in this title, the term “public 13 transportation" means transportatiorr by bus or rail, or by 14 any other conveyance (other than air travel) that provides the 15 general public with general or special service (including char16 ter service) on a regular and continuing basis.

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(1) NEW BUSES, BAIL VEHICLES, AND OTHER

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FIXED BOUTE VEHICLES. - It shall be considered dis

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crimination for purposes of this Act and section 504 of

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the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 794) for an

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individual or entity to purchase or lease a new fixed route bus of any size, & new intercity rail vehicle, a new commuter rail vehicle, a new rapid rail vehicle, a new light rail vehicle to be used for public transporta

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tion, or any other new fixed route vehicle to be used

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for public transportation and for which a solicitation by such individual or entity is made later than 30 days

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after the date of enactment of this Act, if such bus,

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rail, or other vehicle is not readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities, including individ

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uals who use wheelchairs.

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(2) USED VEHICLES.-If an individual or entity purchases or leases a used vehicle after the date of enactment of this Act, such individual or entity shall make demonstrated good faith efforts to purchase or lease a used vehicle that is readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities, including individ

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(3) REMANUFACTURED VEHICLE8.-If an individ

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ual or entity remanufactures a vehicle, or purchases or leases a remanufactured vehicle, so as to extend its usable life for 5 years or more, the vehicle shall, to the maximum extent feasible, be readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities, including individ

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24 ual or entity operates a fixed route public transportation 25 system to provide public transportation, it shall be considered

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1 discrimination, for purposes of this Act and section 504 of the

2. Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 794), for such individ

3 ual or entity to fail to provide paratransit or other special 4 transportation services sufficient to provide a comparable 5 level of services as is provided to individuals using fixed route 6 public transportation to individuals with disabilities, including

7 individuals who use wheelchairs, who cannot otherwise use

8 fixed route public transportation and to other individuals as

9 sociated with such individuals with disabilities in accordance

10 with service criteria established - under regulations promul

11 gated by the Secretary of Transportation. 12 (d) COMMUNITY OPERATING DEMAND RESPONSIVE 13 SYSTEMS FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC.-If an individual or

14 entity operates a demand responsive system that is used to 15 provide public transportation for the general public, it shall 16 be considered discrimination, for purposes of this Act and 17 section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C.

18 794), for such individual or entity to purchase or lease a new 19 vehicle, for which a solicitation is made later than 30 days 20 after the date of enactment of this Act, that is not readily 21 .accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities, in22 cluding individuals who use wheelchairs unless the entity can 23 demonstrate that such system, when viewed in its entirety,

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1 (e) New FACILITIES. -For purposes of this Act and 2 section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C.

3 794), it shall be considered discrimination for an individual or

4 entity to build a new facility that will be used to provide 5 public transportation services, including bus service, intercity 6 rail service, rapid rail service, commuter rail service, light 7 rail service, and other service used for public transportation 8 that is not readily accessible to and usable by individuals with 9 disabilities, including individuals who use wheelchairs.

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(1) ALTERATIONS OF EXISTING FACILITIES. ---With re

11 spect to a facility or any part thereof that is used for public 12 transportation and that is altered by, on behalf of, or for the

13 use of an individual or entity later than 1 year after the date 14 of enactment of this Act, in a manner that affects or could 15 affect the usability of the facility or part thereof, it shall be 16 considered discrimination, for purposes of this Act and sec17 tion 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 794),

18 for such individual or entity to fail to make the alterations in

19 such a manner that, to the maximum extent feasible, the al

20 tered portion of the facility, the path of travel to the altered 21 area, and the bathrooms, telephones, and drinking fountains 22 serving the remodeled area are readily accessible to and 23 usable by individuals with disabilities, including individuals

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(g) EXISTING FACILITIES, INTERCITY RAIL, RAPID

2 RAIL, LIGHT RAIL, AND COMMUTER RAIL SYSTEMS, AND

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(1) EXISTING FACILITIES.—Except as provided

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in paragraph (3), with respect to existing facilities used for public transportation, it shall be considered discrim

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ination, for purposes of this Act and section 504 of the

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Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 794), for an in

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dividual or entity to fail to operate such public trans

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portation program or activity conducted in such facili

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ties, so that, when viewed in the entirety, it is readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities, including individuals who use wheelchairs.

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(2) INTERCITY, RAPID, LIGHT, AND COMMUTER

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RAIL SYSTEM8.-With respect to vehicles operated by intercity, light, rapid and commuter rail systems, for

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purposes of this Act and section 504 of the Rehabilita

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tion Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 794), it shall be consid

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ered discrimination for an individual or entity to fail to

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have at least one car per train that is accessible to individuals with disabilities, including individuals who use wheelchairs, as soon as practicable but in any event in

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(3) KEY STATIONS.—For purposes of this Act

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