Thursday, March 25, 2010

SF Accessible Pedestrian Signal Program Receives Stimulus Funds

“The SFMTA remains committed to increasing access and mobility across the City,” said Nathaniel P. Ford Sr., SFMTA Executive Director/CEO. “We will continue to work with our partners to provide greater accessibility for all San Franciscans.”



“San Francisco has a vibrant and diverse community of people with disabilities who are able to live here independently,” said Susan Mizner, Executive Director, Mayor’s Office on Disability. “Features such as the APS expand the range of their independence, enriching their lives as well as the culture of the City.”



“San Francisco’s APS program is the gold standard that other municipalities are emulating,” said Jessie Lorenz, Associate Director of the Independent Living Resource Center San Francisco. “The success of the program is based in large part on the unwavering commitment of the California Council of the Blind, the LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and the SFMTA. Collaboration among these organizations has turned San Francisco into one of the most visitable cities in the country for individuals who are blind.”



The APS units installed by the SFMTA meet new federal guidelines issued in December. The state of the art signaling devices assist pedestrians with visual impairments by emitting a rapid ticking sound in tandem with the familiar WALK symbol displayed for sighted pedestrians.

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