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Supporting Accessible Transit Networks in Florida

Accessible and efficient transit networks are crucial for fostering inclusive communities, promoting sustainable urban growth, and supporting residents and visitors alike. With a collaborative approach, Benesch helps agencies across Florida to plan, design, maintain and improve transit networks.

What We Do

With a focus on safety, efficiency and accessibility, we strive to create transit solutions that instill confidence among users, foster community engagement, and pave the way for a more connected and thriving society for all community members.

Equipped with a deep understanding of federal, state and local regulations and a commitment to delivering innovative solutions, Benesch’s experts are prepared to help you navigate the intricacies of accessibility and ADA compliance for transit networks.

Our services include:

  • Development of an ADA Transition Plan
  • ADA expert witness testimony
  • Onboard transit announcement monitoring
  • Reviewal plans for ADA compliance
  • Assessment of facilities during and after construction
  • Stakeholder & public engagement outreach
  • ADA staff training,
  • WCAG website review

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Monitoring transit services ensures they function as efficiently and effectively as possible. Benesch will work with your agency to conduct operational analyses that provide insights into your services and their performance, efficiency and areas for improvement.

Our services include:

  • Collecting and Analyzing Data
  • Engaging the Public
  • Assessing Demand
  • Identifying Opportunities

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Our transit planning teams specialize in the development of 5-year, 10-year, and longer-term vision plans that help establish service goals. With a meticulous assessment of current transit infrastructure, service quality, ridership patterns, and future growth projections, Benesch works to create cohesive and user-centric master plans. These efforts ultimately result in greater transit support, more federal transit funding, expanded service and/or increased ridership for the clients we serve.

Our services include:

  • Transit master plans
  • Transit feasibility studies
  • Transit visioning and long-range planning
  • Service planning, analysis and design
  • Capital and infrastructure planning
  • Paratransit and demand-response services
  • Microtransit services
  • Financial planning, costing and governance

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A Holistic Approach to Accessibility

We believe in going beyond mere compliance and strive to create transit networks that genuinely enhance accessibility and promote inclusivity.

To reach that goal, we conduct a comprehensive evaluation of all aspects of your transit infrastructure and create a Transition Plan that helps you gain an understanding of needed updates and provides actionable next steps toward compliance. The document can be referenced for years to come as the community works to improve accessibility and inclusivity.

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In Lee County, FL, Benesch led the development of an ADA Transition Plan for LeeTran, which involved the assessment of approximately 1,750 bus stops, three transfer centers, four transfer support facilities and one park-and-ride facility for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The ADA Transition Plan Update provided a comprehensive assessment of LeeTran’s bus stops and facilities as they relate to compliance with the ADA and Florida Accessibility Code (FAC) requirements. The completed plan furthered LeeTran’s vision for improving its overall service in providing enhanced passenger amenities, accessible bus stops and transit service per ADA guidelines.

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Expertise You can Count On

Our ADA experience includes the planning and assessment of the following infrastructure:

ADA Transition Plans for public/private agencies in the past 10 years
Title II transit facilities for public transit providers
facilities at more than 35 public agencies for the US DOT
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Innovative Transit Solutions

Transit users need to be able to get where they are going with minimal delays, disruptions and congestion. Ensuring a transit service is effective hinges on the development of comprehensive solutions that fit the current and future mobility needs of a community.

With expertise in light rail lines, bus rapid transit routes, multimodal stations and more, Benesch provides technically sound solutions that are understood and supported by decision makers and community members.

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Serving your Community by…

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Considering the Big Picture

We develop transit plans that prioritize the needs of the current users while aligning with the broader goals of the community.

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Integrating with Existing Infrastructure

When the time comes to rebuild or expand the infrastructure on which your transit systems rely, Benesch has you covered.

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Creating Thoughtful Connections

By optimizing your transit systems for present and future needs, we’re able to help keep your community connected.

Implementing New Service Options

Benesch finds modern solutions for transit issues, including the development and implementation of microtransit and paratransit services.

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Providing Comprehensive Management

We support complex infrastructure projects, from planning through to construction.

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Prioritizing Safety and Accessibility

We strive to create inclusive public transit solutions and pave the way for a more connected and thriving society for all community members.