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TransLink Unveils 'Universally Accessible Bus Stop Design' Criteria

Several years ago, Access for Sight-impaired Consumers launched an initiative with Metro Vancouver's transit authority to re-define their definition and criteria of an "accessible bus stop". Historically, this term referred to a bus stop that was sufficient in design and space to enable a person with a mobility aid (such as a wheelchair, scooter or walker) to board or disembark from a conventional transit  or shuttle bus. These "accessible bus stops" were anything but for persons with vision loss or other sensory disabilities, for persons with cognitive issues, dyslexia, seniors with mobility challenges and for many others.

After numerous meetings, community consults and much, much tweaking, the Universally Accessible Bus Stop Design Guidelines project has now been completed.  The revised criteria includes many features which will enable transit users with varying levels of vision loss (and others) to independently and successfully locate and identify bus stops when they wish to board a transit bus. The Universally Accessible Bus Stop Design project report and Guidelines have now been posted to the TransLink website.

The next phase of this project will be to engage several Metro Vancouver municipalities to retrofit several high-profile, well travelled transit stops to evaluate public reaction and to determine there efficacy. Pilot locations are currently being considered and we will report on their installation progress as work begins.

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