Information displays at public transit to offer audio of arriving buses

Information displays at public transit to offer audio of arriving buses
Bright yellow buttons have been added at two bus stops. Pressing the button initiates audio of the information on the display.

Visually impaired people can now hear the information on the display by pressing a special button at bus and trolley-bus stops. 

The buttons have now been installed at two stops – Central House of Culture of the National Society of the Blind (VOS) on Kuusinen Street and Alekseyevskaya metro station on Prospekt Mira. The pilot project will last two months, after which a decision will be made on whether to provide the service at other stops.

Mosgortrans (Moscow City Transport Authority) in association with the National Society of the Blind has launched a socially vital project to create a barrier-free environment and improve user convenience. As of today, devices announcing bus arrival times are available at two stops. The locations were chosen by the society’s representatives to ensure the maximum efficiency of the trial,” Mosgortrans Director General Yevgeny Mikhailov said.

Bright yellow buttons have been placed at information display supports at shoulder level. For the convenience of visually disabled people, the button is fitted with a special device that produces a clicking sound to be easier to find.

A press of the button is followed by voice announcements of the information on the display board, including which bus will arrive first. After repeated pressing, the arrival time of the next bus is announced.