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. The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) transition plan, which goes beyond the minimal requirements, does several things, listed below.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) improvements in the public rights of way are accomplished through a variety of construction and maintenance programs, such are resurfacing and spot safety. However, the ADA Retrofit Program (Fund 33) is specifically targeted to address ADA deficiencies found in the self-evaluation. The MDOT 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 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: MDOT SHA ADA Transition Plan (PDF, 3.15MB).