Thus, in addition to compliance and enforcement, Congress charged the ATBCB with providing technical assistance to all affected parties, much of which involves explaining the various requirements to designers and builders.
Nevertheless, the minimum guidelines promulgated by the ATBCB, and the actual design standards, UFAS, do acknowledge the problems inherent in renovations to transit facilities, such as subway stations.
Authority to grant waivers is given to the standard-setting agency: for transit facilities the application for a waiver must be to the Administrator of GSA, not DOT or the ATBCB.
As mentioned earlier, the ATBCB Office of Technical and Information Services provides a broad range of technical assistance on accessibility issues including information and referral, plan review, and publication of technical papers.
In addition to its technical assistance function, the ATBCB ensures compliance with the standards under the ABA.
I believe the members of the ANSI A117 Committee will be pleased with this positive action by the ATBCB
to help bring about a simplification of the building-regulatory process," says Richard Hudnut, chairman of the ANSI A117 Committee.