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 »
Hearing announcements that are made in the airport, airplane, bus, train, etc. is difficult and sometimes impossible to understand. It would be helpful to have an APP that would provide captioning for whatever location you may be in.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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#.
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.
There needs to be timely pickup, and phone calls when the driver is in route