Transit Information Access for Persons with Visual or Cognitive Impairments

This project will develop and test a system to enable access to relevant transit information to all passengers, including passengers with visual or cognitive impairments. Passengers with visual or cognitive disabilities face challenges when using public transportation. With the proposed system, passengers will be able to access personalized, real-time transit information through their cell phone. This information will be provided by Bluetooth beacons (termed info-beacons) placed at bus stations and on buses. The proposed info-beacons will transmit information that is already currently posted (in printed form or through audible and textual displays), but cannot be accessed by persons who have sensory or cognitive impairments. With the proposed system, this information will be made available to all passengers in their preferred format. The project investigators will collaborate with the Transportation & Parking Services group that operates buses at the University of California, Santa Cruz, who will participate in this project. The prototype system will be deployed and tested on one of their buses and in two bus stations on campus.


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project J-04, IDEA 7

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Transit Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Williams, Jon

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of California, Santa Cruz

    1156 High Street
    Santa Cruz, CA  United States  95064
  • Principal Investigators:

    Manduchi, Roberto

  • Start Date: 20141210
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 38313

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01547532
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project J-04, IDEA 7
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Dec 11 2014 1:01AM