Chapter 4: Pedestrian

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Section 1: Pedestrian Transportation

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Overview

The Texas Department of Transportation recognizes the importance of providing pedestrian facilities, with emphasis on urban areas. Safety is a high priority with TxDOT. The department also strives to provide adequate access as outlined by the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and modified by the Texas Accessibility Standard (TAS).

Federal Legislation. In December 1991, the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) was signed requiring the department to include pedestrians in all transportation project planning activities. The current federal transportation legislation, the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century, continues the requirement for inclusion of pedestrians in transportation planning.

The ADA requires the department to make pedestrian facilities usable and accessible to individuals with disabilities, including those who use wheelchairs.

Policy. Accommodation of pedestrian traffic shall be considered for all TxDOT transportation projects.

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