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Jul 05
Bluetooth guides sight-impaired to bus stops



METRO is using Bluetooth technology and smart phones to help guide sight-impaired customers to their bus stops.

For the past few months, METRO has been placing a small beacon the size of a garage door opener on top of the hundreds of poles at our bus stops. Riders plot their location in a mapping program and beacons are then integrated into that. When a person approaches the stop he needs, his phone will be alerted.

"It is amazing when you see a need, you can address it with new technologies," said METRO Board Director Lex Frieden to the Houston Chronicle. Frieden is a nationally-recognized expert on access for the disabled.

Beacons were added to every bus stop and bus bay at transit centers, covering our 1,303 square-mile service area. That's most of Harris County.

Read the entire article here and find out how Bluetooth technology is opening options for disabled riders. The photo above is by Yi-Chinn Lee and was published in the Houston Chronicle.


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