Whether it’s a bus, subway, or trolley, public transportation is available for those without access to a personal vehicle. To access these modes of transportation, one must be present at a transportation access stop ready to board the vehicle. These stops are usually identified by a sign indicating the mode of transportation and time tables, a bench, and protection from the elements. Though you may see these stops on every corner, the question is, are these stops accessible by everyone? In this article, we will discuss the minimum standards required for a public transportation stop to be accessible by everyone.
- All public transport stops should be designed so that all pedestrians, including those with mobility restrictions, can use them – lighting, ramps, colors, safety barriers.
- There should be accommodations for those with limited mobility (such as wheelchair users). Look for access ramps and safety signage and proper lighting.
- If using a chair, make sure there is plenty of space to maneuver around. The stop may get crowded.
- Necessary markings and directions should be made so that the stops can be easily identified and seen from a distance.
- Announcements, advertisements, and information signage at stops should be easily readable – perhaps in multiple languages.
- Public vehicles should have on-board accessiblility equipment (such as a ramp) available for boarding and disembarking. The vehicle may even have a self-lowering feature.
- If going to an in-door station such as a train station, pay attention to the flooring.The station floor must be flat, stable, non-slip, and durable.
- The floor of the station should be raised with a slope up to the level of the vehicle entrance.
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