The Access Advisory Committee to the MBTA (AACT) (pdf) (html) is an independent body, which brings the views of people with disabilities to the MBTA. While the Boston Region MPO supports AACT with a full-time staff person, the MPO does not have any representation on AACT. AACT gives feedback to the MPO by way of the Advisory Council—the same as any other advocacy organization.
AACT works to improve the safety, efficiency, and accessibility of the MBTA system by monitoring compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), working closely with the Office for Transportation Access, and other MBTA departments. AACT's purview includes MBTA services, operations, and the condition of its vehicles, stations, and other facilities.
AACT meets once a month, along with MBTA officials and paratransit operators, to identify accessibility problems in the system and develop solutions. Speakers present timely topics and updates about ongoing MBTA and paratransit-vendor activities.
All AACT meetings are open to the public. Meetings are usually held on the fourth Wednesday of each month, between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM, at the State Transportation Building in Boston. Information is distributed in several formats, as required by the ADA. Upon request, AACT will make every effort to provide an American Sign Language interpreter at meetings. Check out our meeting calendar for all AACT meetings, agendas, minutes, and materials.
Meetings are easily accessible by THE RIDE, a door-to-door service, MBTA bus Routes #43 and #55, or the Silver Line to New England (Tufts) Medical Center Station. Two Orange Line stations, Chinatown and New England (Tufts) Medical Center, also are nearby, and are wheelchair-accessible. Boylston Station, on the Green Line, is nearby, but it is not wheelchair accessible.
AACT’s membership is open to any person with disabilities, senior citizen, or representative of a human services agency. Because AACT is a volunteer organization, members must attend consistently to maintain their eligibility to vote. For details, please see the AACT Bylaws (pdf) (html) and the Memorandum of Understanding between the MBTA and AACT.
Members vote on policy issues and positions regarding MBTA services or facilities. They also elect a board of directors. These officers represent the interests of AACT’s constituency on many MBTA committees and planning and design groups, as well as the Advisory Council to the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization.