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Disabilities Act: An ‘Unfunded Mandate’ Too Potent To Oppose
KIM I. MILLSFebruary 27, 1995 GMT

WASHINGTON (AP) _ For five years, the operators of the city’s subway system have been fighting with the federal government over an order to install bumpy rubber strips on Metro platforms as a warning to blind riders.

The U.S. Department of Transportation says the rubber strips are necessary to bring the system into compliance with the 1990 Americans With Disabilities Act.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority disagrees, arguing that the “raised domes,″ as they’re called, could cause people to fall, and that the system already is safer than those that use the strips.

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The dispute illustrates the problems some governments are having as they try to comply with the 1990 law.

About 49 million Americans have disabilities. The ADA gave local governments until [...]

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