Tactile Wayfinding in Transportation Settings for Travelers Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

The objective of this research is to produce guidance for transportation planners, engineers, and orientation and mobility specialists that will provide for consistency in the design, installation, and usability of TWSIs in multimodal transportation in the United States. There will be two products: (1) A Guide to Tactile Wayfinding in Transportation Settings for Travelers Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired, and (2) a final report that includes a review of U.S. and international research and practice, as well as the methods and results of human factors research conducted under this project.  Guidance resulting from this research should be appropriate for private entities, as well as the following bulleted entities seeking to provide wayfinding cues to improve the accessibility of their transportation networks: State, local, tribal, and territorial agencies, including (1) Rail, transit, and highway agencies (2) Public works departments, ferries, and airports (3) Parks and recreation departments It may also form the basis for recommended practices for consideration by the American Public Transportation Association, Institute of Transportation Engineers, National Association of City Transportation Officials, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, or others.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $600000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project B-46

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Transit Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Parker, Stephan

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

    Chapel Hill, NC  United States  27514
  • Principal Investigators:

    O'Brien, Sarah

  • Start Date: 20190226
  • Expected Completion Date: 20230731
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01667910
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project B-46
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: May 1 2018 10:40AM