MASS TRANSIT: THE BLIND PERSON'S CAR

Vital to the quality of life in a large urban environment, mass transit takes on particular importance to blind people leading active, productive lives. Using practical, straightforward techniques, blind persons can travel safely, confidently, and competently on any mode. Blind transit riders can use sounds, feel, and other physical characteristics as excellent landmarks, especially on rail transit. Ongoing implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has raised issues related to verbal and written communication with blind transit riders: Braille and raised print or audio/video signs and publications in alternative formats. ADA also has raised controversy among the blind about modifying the built environment, especially regarding raised, truncated-dome detectable warnings, ostensibly to alert blind persons approaching or walking along platform edges. Technological advances in the transit industry, such as automatic fare collection and passenger-activated doors, highlight the need to work with blind people and resolve information access and travel issues. With imagination and a positive attitude about blindness, the industry can continue making mass transit the blind person's car.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 221-225
  • Monograph Title: SEVENTH NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT, BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, NOVEMBER 12-15, 1995. VOLUME 1
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00716781
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309061520
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jan 30 1996 12:00AM