The report is concerned with the mobility of the physically disabled within urban areas. It identifies architectural barriers faced by the handicapped in relation to rapid transit, establishes design standards, and shows ways these standards may be incorporated in prototypical and existing stations. An evaluation of the Howard Street line of the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is presented. Design standards are established to aid designers in making elevated transportation systems accessible to the handicapped. Various architectural elements, including doors, entry and exit controls, stairs and elevators are diagrammed and discussed. The design standards established are for minimal tolerances and may be exceeded wherever it is felt necessary. The two basic types of platforms presently being used in rapid transit systems, the mid platform and the split platform, are analyzed with particular interest to providing access to the handicapped. Representative station types presently used are explained by diagrams and text.

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Illinois, Chicago

    College of Engineering
    Chicago, IL  United States  60680

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Gelick, M S
    • SILVER, M L
  • Publication Date: 1975-1

Media Info

  • Pagination: 68 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00092213
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: RR-11 Res. Rpt., UMTA-IL-11-0024-75-1
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 18 1981 12:00AM