Starting in 2020, TransLink will set up tactile and braille signage at each bus cease and tactile strolling floor indicators (TWSI) at stations and bus exchanges.
“We’re dedicated to creating our transit system accessible for as many individuals as doable,” mentioned TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond. “We all know that plenty of our prospects with imaginative and prescient loss depend on transit to get across the area and that is one other instance of the work we’re doing for a really vital group.”
The tactile and braille signage might be put in at roughly eight,500 bus stops with:
The distinctive five-digit bus cease ID quantity;The phrases “STOP” or “BAY #” to establish the bus cease;Route numbers; andThe customer support phone quantity.
TransLink may even be growing a wayfinding expertise pilot that can assist prospects higher navigate the system utilizing knowledge despatched on to a telephone or pill.
“It is very important perceive that altering an atmosphere truly lessens the impact of the incapacity,” mentioned Rob Sleath, member of the Entry Transit Customers’ Advisory Committee. “I applaud TransLink for being a chief and persevering with to supply accessible public and customized transit companies for individuals who want it most. [This] marks a particular milestone for our group.”
The work to check Universally Accessible Bus Stops first began in 2012 and included the set up of TWSI, tactile and braille at numerous bus stops, together with Joyce-Collingwood Station, as a part of a pilot venture. All through the method, TransLink has consulted with representatives from the group by a wide-reaching survey and direct engagement with key stakeholders.
“The Canadian Nationwide Institute for the Blind (CNIB) Basis BC/Yukon are happy with the strides that TransLink is endeavor to develop into a pacesetter in accessibility by making the funding to make sure that bus stops are outfitted with the TWSI and the addition of braille and tactile signage,” mentioned CNIB’s Govt Director Jennifer Yankanna.