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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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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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28 votes

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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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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24 votes

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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23 votes

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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21 votes

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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21 votes

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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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20 votes

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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18 votes

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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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17 votes

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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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15 votes

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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15 votes

Cross-cutting solutions

Integrate smartcard technology across all modes

While smart cards are not a new idea in the technology arena, expanded use of smart card payment across public and private modes in a community could benefit all users of all abilities, particularly when it comes to getting to that "last mile" destination. An example would be better integrating smart card payment options so that one smart card can be used to pay for fixed-route service, taxi service, bike share, and ...more »

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14 votes

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Improve bus stop location accuracy via mobile apps

All pedestrian/transit navigation apps rely on accurate bus stop location information to provide good directions to users. For example, to tell a transit rider where to board a bus, the app needs an accurate location for the rider's origin stop. The problem is that many transit agency bus stop inventories have inaccurate position information for many stops. Therefore, a solution is needed to help improve the accuracy ...more »

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11 votes

Hearing

Improving in-vehicle notifications

There needs to be a consistent UI across vehicles regarding notifications to the driver and/or passengers. Especially with navigational aids and safety related warnings. Too many vehicles emit beeps and boops and give too little visual indication of anything going on. My suggestion is that every audible indication has a matching visible indication. Audible sounds and visual indications (particularly icons) should ...more »

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9 votes

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Magnify the world with Google Glass

Google Glass is a wearable technology that has a small display mounted on a pair of glasses frames. Large print and high contrast navigation information, such as real-time bus arrival times or pedestrian/transit step-by-step directions could be displayed to the user. This information could also be spoken to the user via the bone-conduction speaker. Additionally, the camera mounted on the front of Glass could capture ...more »

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9 votes

Cross-cutting solutions

Flag stop service notification

Flag stop service can be problematic for both people with disabilities and vehicle operators for a number of reasons including: • knowing when the bus you want is approaching in time to flag it • knowing that the operator has seen your effort to flag the bus • knowing when to alert the operator that you are approaching your destination • visibility of passengers who are in wheelchairs or who need to sit for other reasons ...more »

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8 votes

Cross-cutting solutions

Outreach

More resources outreach needs to be distributed to seniors and disabled communities. Each transit agency needs to make sure they are getting much needed resource information to key locations and informational sites via internet, face-to-face, on-board, apps and where they live.

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8 votes

Mobility

Wheelchair comfort

Every transportation administration in a city should have representation from the disabled community i.e physical, visual, intellectual. Secondly,in all buses the wheelchair should be placed somewhere other than over the rear axle.

As far as walkways- consideration when building new trails should be paramount. No fancy bricks smooth even trails for wheelchair and those with a mobile disability.

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7 votes

Cross-cutting solutions

Knox County CAC Transit Inclusive Transportation Planning Projec

The Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee (CAC) was awarded grant funding through the U.S. Administration for Community Living in partnership with the Federal Transit Administration and the Community Transportation Association of America to develop a tablet-based application that will help individuals who have a disability communicate with the vehicle operator. CAC has partnered with the University of Tennessee ...more »

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7 votes

Mobility

Universal Surface Parking and Accessible Pathways Locator

It is increasingly common for large parking garages to provide signage at entrances advising parkers where in the garage there is parking capacity, accessible spaces, elevators, and such to help them avoid endless circling in search of an open spot that may or may not be there, or finding a spot only to realize it is not accessible or is too far from an accessible pathway to the final destination. Surface lots and on-street ...more »

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7 votes

Vision

Travel trainer and Occupational therapist

There needs to be an app for passengers with Visual Disabilities, which would audibly identify the bus stop # (we have individual id #'s for each stop here in Denver, RTD) so they can locate exact location of and unfamiliar stop and so they can call the customer service line and use automated info to hear next 3 times for that route. This could also be used by people who don't have the height to see the stop id#.

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7 votes

Mobility

Mobility Device leasing

My observation is that customers that can afford high qualitty mobility devices utilize the public transit system more often and with more confidance. If users of motorized wheelchairs had access to a leasing program that provided high quality motorized wheel chairs that included maintenance and loaner program at a reasonable expense it would increase the use of the fixed route public transit systems. What other services ...more »

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6 votes

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