The City of Bend was involved in two settlement agreements regarding the ADA and accessibility. Both settlements have been resolved, to learn more about there settlement agreements, please see below.
U.S. DOJ closes ADA case against the City of Bend
The City of Bend received a letter on July 23, 2014, stating that the U.S. Department of Justice has closed its files on the City’s 2004 Project Civic Access Settlement Agreement for violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
This letter signifies that the Department of Justice acknowledges the time and effort the City has invested in bringing this matter to a positive resolution.
However, the announcement from the Department of Justice does not change the City’s plans for continuing to improve accessibility throughout the City by improving curb ramps and sidewalks, maintaining accessible features within City facilities, and working collaboratively with various disability committee community groups as well as various City departments.
You can obtain further information on the 2004 Project Civic Access Settlement Agreement and the closure letter by visiting Department of Justice Settlement.
City of Bend resolves Disability Rights Oregon's settlement agreement 3 years ahead of schedule.
In December of 2007, the City of Bend and Disability Rights Oregon (DRO) entered into a settlement agreement requiring the City to construct compliant bus stops pads, two ADA compliant curb ramps at bus stops near key facilities, and to maintain deteriorated sidewalks and remove mailboxes, signs, and other physical protrusions on the sidewalks adjacent to bus stops.
The original settlement agreement required all work to be completed by September 2014.
The City of Bend aided by the City's Committee on Accessible Transportation was able to complete all work required for the settlement agreement 3 years ahead of schedule (2011).
Commencing on September 1, 2010, the Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council (COIC) assumed responsibility for all Bend Area Transit, now Cascades East Transit (CET), and operations.
You can obtain further information on the 2007 DRO Transit Settlement Agreement and its termination by visiting Disability Rights Oregon Transit Settlement.