In a recent article I wrote, Creating accessible transit websites, I mentioned that a federal district court judge recently issued a landmark decision in a nationwide class-action lawsuit against Target Corporation for failing to make its website accessible to the blind. More recently, however, I learned that accessible web-design for transit came up specifically in a 2002 case, when a federal judge ruled that the Atlanta mass transit agency violated the ADA by constructing a website that was inaccessible for people with visual disabilities. For more information, see the article Judge Rules That Inaccessible Website Violates ADA from the Southeast ADA Center. Not only is accessible website design an important measure for legal compliance, but it is simply the right thing to do and results in a better website for all users.
Aaron is the founding principal of Trillium Solutions, Inc. He brings experience that includes 12 years of web-development with 8 years in public transportation, with knowledge of fixed-route transportation, paratransit, rural transportation, and active transportation modes. Aaron is a recognized expert in developing data standards, web-application design, digital communications, and online marketing strategy. He originally developed Trillium’s GTFS Manager, and has played a key role in the development of the GTFS data specification since 2007.