ORIENTATION AND TRANSIT SYSTEMS

VISUAL ORIENTATION IN TRANSIT SYSTEMS IS DISCUSSED. ORIENTATION MUST IDENTIFY AND STRUCTURE NON-EXISTENT OR CONFUSING INFORMATION. THE ADVANTAGE OF ORIENTATION AS A GENERAL GUIDING CRITERION OF DESIGN IS THAT IT APPLIES TO ALMOST ALL PERCEIVED PARTS OF A SYSTEM, AND BECOMES A USEFUL TOOL IN TYING THEM TOGETHER IN A COHERENT WHOLE. AT PRESENT, PASSENGERS WHO WISH TO TRANSFER QUICKLY AND EASILY TOWARD THEIR DESTINATIONS OR TO OTHER TRANSPORT MODES REMAIN DISORIENTED, CONFUSED, AND FRUSTRATED. THE VARIOUS TYPES OF ORIENTATION ARE EXPLAINED AND SHOULD BE PROVIDED IN THE URBAN TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM. FIRST THE SYSTEM MUST BE IDENTIFIED SO PEOPLE KNOW IT DOES EXIST AND WHERE TO FIND IT. NEXT, ROUTE INFORMATION IS NEEDED, THEN STATION INFORMATION, AND FINALLY VEHICLE DIRECTION. ONE MUST ALSO BE ABLE TO FIND CONNECTIONS EASILY THROUGHOUT THE SYSTEM AND MEANS FOR GETTING TO THEM, NOT TO MENTION A WAY TO RETURN TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD WHEN THE TRIP HAS BEEN COMPLETED. ORIENTATION IS OFTEN IN CONFLICT WITH OTHER INFORMATION SUCH AS ADVERTISING. RESULTS OF DESIGNS THAT HAVE BEEN IMPLEMENTED IN BOSTON ARE PRESENTED. MORE SUBSTANTIVE INVESTIGATION SEEMS TO BE NEEDED INTO HUMAN REACTIONS TO THE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS AND THEIR INFORMATION PROBLEMS.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: pp 69-77
  • Monograph Title: Urban mass transportation planning
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00241140
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: No. 234
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jan 23 1994 12:00AM