BARRIER-FREE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION IN JAPAN: THE NECESSITY OF SOME FUNDAMENTAL CHANGES

This paper presents a study of hardware and software policies for creating an accessible environment in public transport in Japan. It first reviews some existing studies, and discusses some relevant problem areas. It then details and presents the results of two surveys conducted to supplement previous research. The first survey sent questionnaires to a random sample of 100 males and 100 females, living in various cities in Japan. The questionnaire asked respondents to provide some personal information, asked them about their knowledge of the term 'barrier-free' (equivalent to 'accessibility') and their perception of accessibility of existing transport facilities (including those for disabled people), and invited their suggestions for improving accessibility. The respondents viewed 'barrier-free' as a new concept, and found that little or no relevant information was provided for people with disabilities. The second survey examined the general facilities provided on one major line on the Tokyo Metro, the world's largest and most complicated underground railway system. It assessed whether each node had sufficient facilities for transit users, together with the adequacy of interchanges between neighbouring nodes. Basic design criteria are given for designing facilities at a station and for a proposed accessible network. For the covering abstract see ITRD E105101.

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  • English

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  • Pagination: p. 1-10

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  • Accession Number: 00793729
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 0-86050-324-0
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Jun 15 2000 12:00AM