Braille signage being installed at every Metro Vancouver bus stop

TransLink says 8,400 bus stops throughout Metro Vancouver will be equipped with braille signage.

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It will soon be easier for Metro Vancouver residents who are blind or partially sighted to access transit as TransLink is installing braille signage at every bus stop.

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The transit authority said Thursday it will also install tactile walking surface indicators at every bus stop on property that TransLink owns or leases to make it easier to find bus stops.

The braille signage will let transit customers know which stop they are at and which buses serve that route.

TransLink says it will be the first transit system in Canada to install braille signage across its entire bus system, which is about 8,400 bus stops.

Installation begins Thursday and is expected to be finished by the end of next year.

The braille bus stop signs will contain:

  • Information written in both Unified English Braille and raised tactile letters
  • Bus stop ID numbers
  • Bus routes serving that bus stop
  • Bay or bus stop indicators
  • Customer Information phone number

“These braille signs and walking surface indicators will help so many people in the community more independently navigate our transit system,” said TransLink CEO Kevin Quinn, in a statement.

Accessibility is imperative to a quality transit system, and I am very proud of this major step forward for our customers who are blind or partially sighted.”

TransLink says it has also been expanding real-time text-to-audio next bus technology at bus stops, and has installed it at every RapidBus stop throughout the region and at every stop at UBC Exchange.

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