February 01, 2024

Duckworth Discusses Building on Progress of Duckworth-led ASAP Act, Improving Accessibility with Access Living CEO


[WASHINGTON, DC] – Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) met with Access Living CEO Karen Tamley to discuss how we can continue to build on the progress of Duckworth’s All Stations Accessibility Program (ASAP) Act, provisions of which became law as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, and further eliminate barriers to public transit for Illinoisans with disabilities. Photos of the meeting can be found using the link here.

“When we laid the groundwork for the historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, I worked hard to ensure the All Stations Accessibility Program—or ASAP Act—was included to ensure we make the upgrades and investments needed to benefit all Americans, including the disability community,” said Duckworth. “I’m proud that my ASAP provisions are already providing the funding that Illinois needs to bring about more accessible, inclusive public transit, but there’s so much more to do. I appreciated today’s productive conversation with Access Living CEO Karen Tamley and I look forward to continuing to work together to build a future where accessibility is the default—not an afterthought.”

In 2022, Duckworth applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) announcement that the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and Metra would receive a total of $185 million in funding made possible by Duckworth’s ASAP Act provisions to help build ramps, install elevators and make other improvements to help ensure that the region’s public bus and rail systems are actually, finally usable for those with disabilities.