Researching Accessibility Gaps in Transit Hubs Communication Systems and Standards
The National Center for Accessible Transportation (NCAT) at Oregon State University and the WGBH National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) are researching accessibility gaps within communication technologies used in transportation hubs and are identifying opportunities for universal and accessible design considerations within industry communications standards. This research effort includes coordination with emergency alerting initiatives deployed or in development at the national, state and municipal level, where communications interoperability challenges are a serious problem. The study is based on the following hypotheses:
- There are significant accessibility gaps in the planning and deployment of communication technologies in transit hubs that place commuters and travelers with disabilities at risk.
- Transit communication and emergency management personnel are often unaware of accessibility standards and specifications that apply to communication technologies.
- Research into accessibility gaps within current and emerging transit hub communication technologies, practices and interoperability will contribute to the development of transit industry and federal/municipal policy criteria for accessible and universal design.