Subpart H -- Other Vehicles and Systems
Section 1192.171 General.
(a) New, used and remanufactured vehicles and conveyances for systems
not covered by other subparts of this part, to be considered accessible by
regulations issued by the Department of Transportation in 49 CFR part 37,
shall comply with this subpart.
(b) If portions of the vehicle or conveyance are modified in a way that
affects or could affect accessibility, each such portion shall comply, to the
extent practicable, with the applicable provisions of this subpart. This
provision does not require that inaccessible vehicles be retrofitted with
lifts, ramps or other boarding devices.
(c) Requirements for vehicles and systems not covered by this part shall
be determined on a case-by-case basis by the Department of Transportation in
consultation with the U. S. Architectural and Transportation Barriers
Compliance Board (Access Board)
Section 1192.173 Automated guideway transit vehicles and systems.
(a) Automated Guideway Transit (AGT) vehicles and systems, sometimes
called "people movers", operated in airports and other areas where AGT
vehicles travel at slow speed, shall comply with the provisions of Sections
1192.53(a) through (c), and 1192.55 through 1192.61 for rapid rail vehicles
(b) Where the vehicle covered by paragraph (a) of this section will
operate in an accessible station, the design of vehicles shall be coordinated
with the boarding platform design such that the horizontal gap between a
vehicle door at rest and the platform shall be no greater than 1 inch and the
height of the vehicle floor shall be within plus or minus 1/2 inch of the
platform height under all normal passenger load conditions. Vertical alignment
may be accomplished by vehicle air suspension or other suitable means of
meeting the requirement.
(c) In stations where open platforms are not protected by platform
screens, a suitable device or system shall be provided to prevent, deter or
warn individuals from stepping off the platform between cars. Acceptable
devices include, but are not limited to, pantograph gates, chains, motion
detectors or other appropriate devices.
(d) Light rail and rapid rail AGT vehicles and systems shall comply with
subparts D and C of this part, respectively.
Section 1192.175 High-speed rail cars, monorails and systems.
(a) All cars for high-speed rail systems, including but not limited to
those using "maglev" or high speed steel-wheel-on-steel- rail technology, and
monorail systems operating primarily on dedicated rail (i.e., not used by
freight trains) or guideway, in which stations are constructed in accordance
with subpart C of 49 CFR part 37, shall be designed for high-platform, level
boarding and shall comply with Section 1192.111(a) for each type of car which
is similar to intercity rail, Section Section 1192.111(d), 1192.113(a) through
(c) and (e), 1192.115(a) and (b), 1192.117(a) and (b), 1192.121 through
1192.123, 1192.125(d), and 1192.127 (if applicable). The design of cars shall
be coordinated with the boarding platform design such that the horizontal gap
between a car door at rest and the platform shall be no greater than 3 inches
and the height of the car floor shall be within plus or minus 5/8 inch of the
platform height under all normal passenger load conditions. Vertical
alignment may be accomplished by car air suspension or other suitable means of
meeting the requirement. All doorways shall have, when the door is open, at
least 2 footcandles of illumination measured on the door threshold.
(b) All other high-speed rail cars shall comply with the similar
provisions of subpart F of this part.
Section 1192.177 Ferries, excursion boats and other vessels. [Reserved]
Section 1192.179 Trams, similar vehicles and systems.
(a) New and used trams consisting of a tractor unit, with or without
passenger accommodations, and one or more passenger trailer units, including
but not limited to vehicles providing shuttle service to remote parking areas,
between hotels and other public accommodations, and between and within
amusement parks and other recreation areas, shall comply with this section.
For purposes of determining applicability of 49 CFR 37.101, 37.103, or 37.105,
the capacity of such a vehicle or "train" shall consist of the total combined
seating capacity of all units, plus the driver, prior to any modification for
(b) Each tractor unit which accommodates passengers and each trailer
unit shall comply with Sections 1192.25 and 1192.29. In addition, each such
unit shall comply with Sections 1192.23(b) or (c) and shall provide at least
one space for wheelchair or mobility aid users complying with Section
1192.23(d) unless the complete operating unit consisting of tractor and one or
more trailers can already accommodate at least two wheelchair or mobility aid