Pen and station guide

San Joaquin introduces talking maps for visually impaired riders

The San Joaquin Regional Transit District (CA) has launched a set of audio and tactile maps of transit boarding areas to make it easier for visually impaired riders to navigate the system.

The Talk to Me Maps program uses braille/large-print maps and a talking smart pen to enable customers to identify bus routes and boarding locations. Orientation and mobility instructors will be available at selected stations to help riders access and use the maps and smart pens.

The RTD developed and implemented the project, working with the Community Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired and LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired. “Everyone at RTD is thrilled to work with our friends at CCBVI, Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and our sister transit agencies to make life a little easier for those traveling throughout San Joaquin County,” said RTD CEO Donna DeMartino in a statement. “This program will make ‘The Places You Can Go on RTD!’ even more accessible than before.”

Photo source: San Joaquin RTD

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