Bus Stop Accessibility Improvements

transit accessibility design

Weston & Sampson was selected by MBTA to provide transit accessibility design improvements at 160 existing bus stops located throughout the MBTA system. Certain bus stops have been identified as high priority through the Plan for Accessible Transit Infrastructure (PATI) program. PATI is an initiative to identify all meaningful barriers to accessibility and develop a long-term plan for achieving an accessible system using priorities developed with community input.

Our work included assisting with such transit accessibility design improvements as sidewalk reconstruction, pedestrian ramps, curb extensions, pedestrian signalization, pavement markings and signage, utility relocations, etc. Weston & Sampson staff audited and prepared preliminary designs for these bus stops based on the MBTAs Bus Stop Design Guidelines. Where it was required, topographic surveys were conducted. We then prepared final designs based on the approved preliminary designs.

This project required extensive coordination with multiple parties including, MBTA Service Planning, Systemwide Accessibility, Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), Massachusetts Architectural Access Board (MAAB), City of Boston, other respective municipalities, local Conservation Commissions, private entities, etc.

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