Under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of El Paso is required to have a transition plan in place that addresses accessibility gaps in its existing facilities and services over a period of time until full compliance is reached.
In 1987, the Accessibility Advisory Committee was established to addresses accessibility concerns and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Committee also provides recommended resolutions to complaints alleging discrimination by the City on the basis of disability.
In 1989, El Paso passed Ordinance # 9779 which prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities by the City of El Paso and recipients of financial assistance.
In 1992, following the passage of ADA, the City undergoes a self-evaluation of all city-owned facilities and services.
An updated study was completed in 2002 and a subsequent evaluation was done by Magellan Assessment and Project Planning Systems (MAPPS) in 2006. This latter study was the basis for the latest transition plan which identities deficiencies in ADA compliance and actively seeks to remedy existing gaps in accessibility. Priorities were given to each needed repair/improvement based on health and safety criteria as well as community input.
In 2002, a self-evaluation of public right of way (Transportation Infrastructure) was completed known as the 'Martinez Study' and again in 2008 by Sun Metro. This study sought to identify transit locations that do not have adequate accessible routes, bus stop landings, curb cuts or otherwise an accessible route to/from Sun Metro facilities.
In 2008, the Streets Department also completed a study of city-wide sidewalks and pedestrian pathways. This information was stored electronically in a GIS (Geographic Information System) to view, process and manage projects related to accessibility. It identifies gaps in sidewalks, sidewalk repairs and missing curb ramps. It included locations in subdivisions that were not required to install sidewalks because it was a rural area, areas that were annexed by the City and lots that have not yet been developed.
In 2015, under the need to further enhance accessibility and a renewed effort to become more ADA-compliant, the city is embarking on a new study of its facilities and services to accelerate the implementation of its transition plan.
In August of 2017, under the City Manager's directive, the Office of ADA and Accessibility started performing another citywide ADA self-assessment to determine the current level of compliance and any additional ADA-related needs that need to be addressed. This assessment was carried out internally with the help of each of the 27 departments creating a task force of more than 50 stakeholders.