[ Director: Mário Frota [ Coordenador Editorial: José Carlos Fernandes Pereira [ Fundado em 30-11-1999 [ Edição III [ Ano X

sexta-feira, 23 de junho de 2017

Vienna shows local solutions can improve public transport accessibility

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A "tramstop of the future" in Vienna, which helps blind and visually-impaired people with tactile maps, and voice output.
[Wiener Linien]

Wiener Linien is the public transport operator for the Austrian capital, Vienna, and the Austrian Association in Support of the Blind and Visually Impaired is also known by its German name, Hilfsgemeinschaft der Blinden und Sehnschwachen Oesterreichs.

The Austrian Association in Support of the Blind and Visually Impaired  and Wiener Linien started working together to improve the accessibility of the network for blind and visually impaired people some 20 years ago. This cooperation has led to an increased awareness for the needs people with restricted mobility, and for the practical, financial and technical possibilities that the public transport operator can offer. As a result, the efficiency of the joint work grew significantly.

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However the Hilfsgemeinschaft highlights that substantial progress has been made thanks to good cooperation with Wiener Linien.  Convenient solutions have been implemented in Vienna, which have improved the situation for both blind and visually impaired people, making Vienna one of the capital cities with excellent conditions for all passengers.

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