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Mobility features to assist riders with all types of disabilities... Seen and unseen!

An easy interactive programmable platform to assist riders who are blind or legally blind, hearing impaired, and those that cannot read well

Photo of Monica Sparks
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We assume too much, take too much for granted. We assume we can see all disabilities when someone rides the bus. There are many unseen disabilities. Hearing impaired, blind and those of all ages that cannot read or have spSiPioleted al needs. People with disabilities are using public transportation. Many more would use it if they could navigate it better and there were useful components available to them. EVERY STOP should have the following:

Piloted on The Rapid Silverline let's imagine an interactive  touch screen that offered...

SOUND for those that cannot see. Instructions for location, arrival, departure and safety messages and reminders for all.

Instructional IMAGES and numbers for those that cannot hear or read very well, especially hearing impaired.

On or close to the screen also BRAILLE instructions for the BLIND and legally blind.

6 retractable 8ft USB Charging Stations at the bottom of the screen...because cell phones seem to die when you need them most. 

Small limited area Wi-fi because people need to stay connected to cell phones or tablets to get information to help them arrive safely!

Everyone who rides could utilize the last 2 options!

Because I am a small business professional...I imagine the screens could be used also for ad space to help support the cost.

The screens could also be solar powered.

Describe who will use your solution (1,000 characters)

Everyone would benefit from these features but the focus is to help the riders that are hearing impaired, blind, those with dyslexia, illiterate and special needs. This encompasses riders from senior to youth.

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Initial Design - you are still exploring the idea and have not tested it with users

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

Just a lil ole' me. A mindful citizen who believes in helping those who are often forgotten. I would be happy to champion this idea and have knowledge and access to create a diverse team of professionals to help implement this idea from the technology to the marketing and maintenance.

Size of your team or organization

  • I am submitting as an individual

Funding Request

  • $100,000

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

Implementation of this idea would start out tech based. Technology, programming and design for the interactive touch screens that would be placed at The Rapid Silverline bus stops. Screens have to be the right material, size, sturdy / large to display message. Signage, lights and sound ordinances would have to be followed. Solar power options would be explored. Sound would be programmed based on current bus route. Videos designed. Braille message designed. Design of instructions and images would need to be printed and mounted at the stop. Marketing plan of action needed. Marketing partners identified. SUSTAINABILITY More riders would be a direct result and the project is sustainable through digital marketing / ad placement on screens. Between users screens would play paid ads and safety / instructional messages. Think of all of the corps / orgs who would pay to share a 15 sec message with riders. Orgs who help those with special needs would market at no cost on your behalf

Describe how you would measure the success of your pilot (1000 characters)

Success could easily be measured based on new rider counts and screen usage from interactive user request. Partnering with your organization would be idea for organizations who help people with special needs with better or more transportation options.

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Photo of Tom Bulten

Hi Monica: Thanks for your proposal. I'm one of the facilitators on the forum. Riding the bus can be confusing and intimidating. Your idea provides useful information for all riders. I would like to feature your proposal in the biweekly newsletter for the City of Tomorrow Challenge. So, I will add a photo to the post. I hope you don't mind. Feel free to change the photo if you wish.