Are all models of urban public transport (bus, metro, tram, and train) accessible to all persons with disabilities?


Question 2 refers to accessibility of public transport in urban areas. Respondees from Africa and Asia as well as Latin America confirm that there is still a long way to go, and not a lot of improvements are on the way.



At a world average of 2.6, this Indicator is one of the lowest in the whole survey. Respondents from 78 countries (65 per cent) answer “no.” Whereas progress is reported from European countries and Northern America, inaccessibility remains the standard in low income countries.


Access to public transportation is required by Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. This includes both private and public transportation.

Once the Disability Legislation Act is passed this transportation barrier will be legislatively reviewed and changes made to accommodate the transportation needs of PWDs.
Papua New Guinea

The only provision made for the transport of persons with disabilities is the reduction of the cost of transport by the railway company CAMRAIL – persons with disabilities pay only 25 per cent of the transportation costs.

Despite the laws giving persons with disabilities the right to use public transport these laws have not been implemented.