Parking & Transportation

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Goal: To ensure employee access to individual work place and ability to perform the essential functions of a job through the effective use of accessible transportation and parking options.

Employee initiates and follows the University’s usual and customary procedures for requesting and exploring reasonable accommodations. These interactive procedures may involve the employee, the University Disability Services (UDS), Parking and Transportation Services and, in some cases, other medical consultants.

If it is determined, parking and/or transportation accommodations are necessary, because of a disability, then UDS works with Parking and Transportation Services to explore possible reasonable accommodations. Options may include but are not necessarily limited to, use of lift-equipped, kneeling busses, lift-equipped para-transit vans, access to specific lots, installation of accessible regular/van accessible parking spaces, and, if necessary, reserved parking.

Please note that the Harvard Daytime Van Service is intended for university business.  For personal business, information regarding the MBTA’s paratransit program, The Ride, can be found at http://www.mbta.com/riding_the_t/accessible_services/?id=7108.

Implementation of this procedure provides Parking and Transportation Services with necessary data to enable flexible and timely allocation and/or reallocation of accessible transportation resources and accessible parking spaces. This procedure is driven by the current employees with disabilities population and may result at times in exceeding the minimum number of parking spaces required by local, state and federal entities.

To initiate the process for parking and/or transportation accommodations, please email a completed request form to disabilityservices@harvard.edu. The process includes completion of the Parking Request Form for parking accommodation requests and/or the Transportation Request Form for van requests and submission of medical documentation from a qualified health care provider. Medical documentation must list functional limitations along with the duration that the parking and/or transportation accommodation is needed. These documents can be sent to UDS via email at disabilityservices@harvard.edu or via fax at (617) 495-8520.