Physical access for people with disabilities is essential for participation in areas of life such as employment, education and recreation. The Commonwealth government’s Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 (DSAPT / Transport Standards) as amended, are formulated by the Attorney-General under subsection 31 (1) of the DDA.
The Transport Standards establish minimum accessibility requirements to be met by providers and operators of public transport conveyances, infrastructure and premises which include accessible pathways, wheelchair manoeuvring areas, ramps, boarding devices, allocated spaces for people with a disability, handrails, doorways, controls, symbols and signage.
Public Transport Buildings are also covered in Part H2 of the Building Code of Australia which deal with accessways, ramps, handrails and grabrails, doorways and doors, lifts, Stairways, accessible toilets and their locations, symbols and signs, Tactile ground surface indicators, lighting, hearing augmentation, emergency warning systems and controls.
The BCA / NCC is available for download on the Australian Buildings Codes Board website
Vista Access Architects have provided design input for Public Transport projects such as Pontoons, Train Stations and Bus stops.
As an example the following bus stop design prepared based on the AS 1428 suite of Standards relating to design for Access and Mobility, DSAPT and Guidelines to DSAPT by Australian Human Rights Commission is shown below.