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Compliance Information

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990) provide that no entity shall discriminate against an individual with a disability in connection with the provision of a transportation service. The law sets forth specific requirements for vehicles and facilities accessibility and the provision of service.

ADA compliance review checklist

ADA circular

MDOT OPT template/sample policy


Charter Service

FTA grantees are prohibited from using federally funded equipment and vehicles to provide charter service. All formal charter complaints must be filed with the Federal Transit Administration as described in the federal regulations.

Charter service compliance review checklist (MDOT Form 1473)

FTA charter rule and guidance

Charter Report Form

Charter Reporting Instructions

Charter Fact Sheet


Cost Allocation Plans

Cost allocation is the assigning of costs that jointly benefit two or more cost objectives (indirect costs). A cost objective is any activity or item for which you want to separately measure costs.

CAP compliance review checklist

CAP guidance document


Facility and Equipment

Agencies must maintain satisfactory and continuous control over federally funded facilities and equipment and ensure they are used properly in transit service.

Facilities and equipment compliance review checklist

FTA circular 5010.1E

FTA circular 9040.1G

FTA circular 9070.1G

MDOT equipment disposal request (Form 3651)


School Bus Transportation

MDOT and its subrecipients are prohibited from providing exclusive school bus service unless the service qualifies and is approved by the FTA Administrator under an allowable exemption. Federally funded equipment or vehicles cannot be used to provide exclusive school bus service. School tripper service that operates and looks like all other regular service is allowed. FTA defines tripper service as regularly scheduled transit service that is open to the public and that is designed or modified to accommodate the needs of school students and personnel, using various fare collection and subsidy systems.

School bus transportation compliance review checklist

49 CFR 605


Title VI Program

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination based on race, color, or national origin in programs and activities receiving Federal financial assistance. Specifically, Title VI provides that “no person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin. Be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. (42 U.S.C. §2000d). FTA requires that Title VI plans be updated every three years, and agencies must submit their next update in 2020.

Title VI Program compliance review checklist

FTA Circular 4702.1B


Vehicle Maintenance

Transit agencies are required by contract to maintain vehicles throughout their useful life. This maintenance must conform to at least the manufacturer’s minimum recommended service levels.

Agencies are required to submit a written vehicle maintenance plan to MDOT OPT for review and approval. Any subsequent additions or changes must also be approved before they become effective.

The OPT compliance analyst will conduct an onsite review of each transit agency’s vehicle maintenance program on at least a triennial basis. The review consists of a random sampling (20 percent of the fleet or a maximum of 10 vehicles) of vehicle maintenance records for compliance with the approved plan. Maintenance reviews are usually scheduled and completed in conjunction with the triennial FTA compliance review.

Preventive Maintenance Manual

Vehicle Maintenance Review Preparation Guide

Vehicle maintenance review vehicle maintenance audit summary form