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A way to identify exact location of stops and five-digit stop numbers for people who are blind, visually-impaired, or have trouble reading.

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I am blind.  When someone tells me where a bus stop is located, they are not generally too specific.  The stop might be located before or after an intersection, or even in the middle of the block.  Even if I were to ask someone on location to show me the stop, I cannot read the stop number to text for information so I know when to expect the next bus.

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

I propose that we have a sound locator at each stop which can be heard 10-15 feet away in moderate to high-level noise. The stop would be equipped with a push-button I could press to learn the stop number, and possibly which buses stop there.

Describe your solution's stage of development

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

Insights from previous testing (500 characters)

This idea has yet to be tested.

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

I currently have no team.

Size of your team or organization

  • I am submitting as an individual

Funding Request

  • $50,000

Rough Budget (500 characters)

Funds will be needed to create a prototype, install it in different kinds of locations, and test it.

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

Audible stop locator with push-button access to audible information such as five-digit stop number.

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

We would monitor usage. We would survey people in the blind community, such as users at Bosma, the Indiana School for the Blind, members of the National Federation of the Blind and American Council of the Blind chapters.

Sustainability Plan (500 characters)

Once in place, minimal maintenance would be needed, and recalibration in case of changes to the IndyGo system in the future.


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Hi Susan Jones , I'm Jasmine one of the online facilitators for the challenge this year. Thanks so much for sharing your experience as a commuter with us! I truly could see an idea like this beneficial all over the country, not just in Indianapolis. Would there be people within the blind community that you could partner with who would also have access to connections and resources to get this implemented? Also when piloting the idea, would the alerts available along a certain route or just in a particular area?

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