Making transit websites accessible to all — Trillium’s report for enabling screenreader access

People who are blind or low-vision use screenreader software that reads text from web-pages aloud. This technology potentially makes the world’s information more available, but only if web-pages have been correctly formed to allow screenreaders to access their contents. Federal laws require for local government websites to be accessible to people with disabilities, and further requirements apply for entities that receive federal funding…

Metro Magazine: Travel Software to Aid Disabled Riders

I posted on this earlier, but thought I would note the recent Metro Magazine article on a Travel Assistant Device (TAD), a research project conducted at the University of South Florida’s National Center for Transit Research. This travel assistance system for sight-impaired or cognitively disabled passengers allows them to plan a transit trip and download information…

Big Noise: Accessibility via Gadgetry

Another example of how Google Transit can be extended to make transit information conveniently available to more people in more places.  The Travel Assistive Device program in Florida uses Google Transit feed (GTFS) for schedule and stop information.  From Big Noise: I love gadgets, do-dads and things that go blinky-blinky. From Rube Goldberg machines that…

PDF schedules make unhappy riders & web-surfers

MetroRiderLA has a post on the PDF schedules on Metro’s website. The blogger, Fred Camino, expresses his frustration with the PDF format when used as the exclusive means to present transit schedule data. He calls PDF schedules “obtrusive, annoying, and unwieldy.” An expert on web usability also cautions against misuse of PDFs online.  PDF schedules are…