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Campaign: Cross-cutting solutions

Transit is only as good as its weakest link.

Community transportation begins with accessible buses, but doesn't end there. We need accessible sidewalks, accessible bus stops, crosswalks, and streets that are safe for ALL their users, regardless of mode of travel, or ability. ADA does not specifically require the presence of sidewalks, so the Federal Highway Administration could help a great deal by encouraging COMPLETE STREETS along major thoroughfares and transit ...more »

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Campaign: Cross-cutting solutions

Safe Bus Stops

I am a person with disabilities and I think a major improvement to the fixed route bus system for disabled community members who must or want to travel during night time hours or on cloudy, rainy days would be bus stops that are well lit but don't require electricity for lighting. Lights for night time security lighting should be provided by solar power batteries at the top of the bus shelter. Special solar powered ...more »

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Campaign: Mobility

Way-finding and crowd sourcing

The conceptual idea that I have had in my head for a long time now would assist individuals with mobility issues in knowing what paths to take and the like to get to/from a fixed route bus stop, and could even be extended to travel in general regardless if it has to do with public transportation. The idea is a crowd-sourced application on mobile devices that allows someone to start relaying their position via GPS when ...more »

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Campaign: Vision

Operation Transportation Finder

Operation Transit Finder would be an app that runs on a smart phne. It takes advantage of the location services on your phone. When you go to a new city or metropolitan area, you could use this app which would identify your location, and bring up information on all of the available transportation options in the area where you are. For example, if someone came into Chicago, this app would provide information on the ...more »

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Campaign: Mobility

Mandate easy to use securement rings on power wheelchairs.

Many power wheelchairs are being manufactured without easy to use (or reach) securement rings. Consequently, it takes too long for paratransit or fixed route bus operators to secure the chair. Others aren't being properly secured at all. DOT needs to work with wheelchair manufacturers to STRONGLY encourage strong, easy to reach securement rings on all wheelchairs.

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Campaign: Mobility

Cross Walks for those with limited mobility

When a cross walk button is pushed it changes the length of time the light stays green. Ever saw a person who is using a wheelchair or on crutches try to cross 6 lanes of traffic? Some lights are so short even able-bodied people will have to run the last 1 to 1 1/2 lanes to get to the sidewalk safely. Lights are set for cars, not people. Suggest is that the light would stay green longer, only if the button is pushed. ...more »

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Campaign: Intellectual

Travel Assistance Device

he Travel Assistance Device (TAD) is a mobile application for global positioning system (GPS)-enabled cell phones that helps new transit riders navigate the public transportation system. TAD prompts the rider in real-time with a recorded audio message (e.g., “Get Ready” and “Pull the Cord Now!”), visual images, and vibration alerts when the rider should pull the stop request cord to exit the bus. Personalized trips are ...more »

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Campaign: Vision

Transit Pilot

Blind and visually impaired transit riders often report difficulties with a variety of transit-related challenges, including: • Planning a safe route between the origin address and the nearest transit stop or station • Identifying the actual transit stop or station entrance • Navigating between a transit station entrance and the correct platform • Identifying which bus or train to board • Identifying the appropriate ...more »

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Campaign: Mobility

shared rides

There are some with disabilities that CAN safely drive. In communities in which there is NO public transportation, why not develop a ride-sharing system in which those disabled drivers would be employed to provide rides for individuals with disabilities who cannot drive?

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Campaign: Cross-cutting solutions

Help people feel safe riding transit

Often people who want to “retire” from driving have difficulty transitioning to public transit and become dependent on friends and family for rides. A technology that helps people feel more secure about riding transit. This would also be helpful for people with cognitive disabilities, especially people who are on the autism spectrum. It would be helpful to have a technology that informed riders when to expect the bus/train ...more »

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Campaign: Mobility

More Options

I live in area where options can be few and limited. I also happen to have a disability (cognitive impairment though I am able to ride my bike.) We need more audible crosswalks, and just more crosswalks period. We also need more public transportation options such as limited and rapid buses, better frequencies, more light rail. We need also more ADA curb cuts.

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Campaign: Cross-cutting solutions

Foster cooperation and coordination

DOT, DHS, VA, and DOL all fund transportation. Much of the funding is restricted to certain people based on categorical eligibility for particular programs. This is grossly inefficient. Require any agency giving clients rides using federal funding to participate in a coordinated transportation system, and put out "increasing match" grant funding for communities to develop the coordination infrastructure. If a veteran ...more »

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