Creating ADA Solutions for Transportation

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Dennis M. Cannon

Creating ADA design solutions for transportation and the public right-of-way.
2010 to present

Synergy, LLC

Washington, DC


§ Review of construction plans for settlement between United Spinal Association v. PATH.

§ Consultation for Consortium of Citizens with Disabilities Transportation Task Force (re AMTRAK).

§ Complete Streets Bronze Partner.

1981 to 2010

U. S. Access Board

Washington, DC

Transportation Accessibility Specialist

§ Created ADA Accessibility Guidelines for transportation vehicles and stations, and proposed updates.

§ Provided technical assistance on vehicle and station guidelines.

§ Public rights-of-way Accessibility Guidelines (PROWAG) development team.

§ Conducted PROWAG training seminars in many cities across U.S.

§ Advisory panel for NCHRP study on crossing solutions for persons with visual impairments at roundabouts.

§ Advisory panel for NCHRP project to develop testing procedures for Detectable Warnings.

§ Access Board representative on Project ACTION National Steering Committee.

§ Member of DOT advisory panel on access to single aisle aircraft.

§ Designated Federal Official for Federal Advisory Committee on accessibility guidelines for telecommunications equipment (section 255).

§ Provided technical assistance to Congressman Steny Hoyer on subtitle B of title II of the ADA.

1974 to 1981

Synergy (DBA)

Los Angeles, CA


§ Helped design and implement one of the nation’s first accessible bus systems for Southern California Rapid Transit District (SCRTD) including developing technical buss specifications, creating citizens’ advisory committee, training bus drivers, and proposing procedures to coordinate social service paratransit..

§ Member of Urban Mass Transit Administration (now FTA) panel to develop accessibility guidelines for buses, vans, lifts, ramps and wheelchair securement.

§ Consultant to U. S. DOT on 1979 regulations implementing section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

§ Subcontractor to Booz Allen & Hamilton to develop Transition Plan manual for section 504 regulation (above).

§ Subcontractor to Booz Allen & Hamilton to develop manual for implementation of fixed-route accessible buses.

§ Subcontractor to Kaiser Engineers to develop accessibility guidelines for Downtown People Movers.

§ Authored “Test of Equivalency” to evaluate adequacy of transportation service for people with disabilities; formed the basis of 49 CFR 37.131.

1962 to 1968

California State University Northridge

Northridge, CA

Bachelor of Science, Physics

§ Full Mobility: Counting the Cost of the Alternatives, a critique of the Congressional Budget Office analysis of the 1979 DOT 504 regulation, American Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities, 1980.

§ “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Bus Stop,” a review of legislation and policy on accessible transportation, U. S. Commission on Civil Rights, 1980.

§ “The Architectural Barriers Act and Transportation,” a discussion of how the ABA applies to fixed transportation facilities, Journal of Rehabilitation, 1985.


§ Advanced Transit Association

§ American Planning Association

§ Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals

§ Institute of Transportation Engineers

§ Transportation Research Board

References: References are available upon request.

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