U.S. Access Board:  Rail Vehicle Access Advisory Committee
Subcommittee on Communications
September, 2014

SUMMARY

Principles

These guiding principles have been used in our work. They can help build a more inclusive environment.

  1. Information being conveyed to passengers must be made available to all passengers regardless of disability. Whenever feasible, visual, tactile, induction loop, described video, electronic software, and other universally accessible means should be used so as to provide maximum inclusion of all people.
  2. Audible announcements must also be made available visually and via induction loops.
  3. Visual announcements (Variable Message Signs -VMS) must also be made available audibly and via induction loop. If the technology provides for high definition video, audio description and ALS should also be incorporated.
  4. Pre-recorded or automated announcements are recommended over human announcements.

Signage Types – Proposed Requirements:

  1. Directional Signs (includes directional Exit Signs) – Visual
  2. Designation Signs for Spaces (includes Exit Signs) – Tactile & Visual, and The ISA shall be provided at required wheelchair spaces and priority seating and be located ________.
  3. Designation Signs for Elements – Not Required to meet accessibility requirements.
  4. Non-Emergency Informational Signs – Visual and Meet the size requirement for visual characters where possible (practicable).
  5. Non-Emergency Operational Signs – Tactile & Visual, and Meet the size requirement for visual characters where practicable.  Furthermore, where instructions for door latch/locks are provided they shall be both visual and tactile and be located _______.  Where a pictogram is provided for these instructions a tactile description shall be provided directly adjacent to it.
  6. Emergency Informational Signs – Visual & Tactile
  7. Emergency Operational Signs – Visual
  8. Caution and Safety Signs (includes icons and logos) – Visual
  9. Stop Identification Signs (includes train designation, route, and final destination) – VMS.  All cars must provide variable message signs in two locations so that at least one sign is readable from every part of the car.  The variable message signs must provide equal information as what is provided aurally.  If stops are announced, the signs should announce stops, if emergencies are announced; the signs should announce emergencies, and so forth.  Where cars provide route map tracking signs in two locations so that at least one sign is audible and visible from every part of the car.
  10. Menus and Directories – At least one menu/directory must comply
  11. Employee Only Signs – Not Required to meet accessibility requirements.

Additional Notes:

  • VMS must include audible versions
  • Stop announcements, and other audible announcements should be pre-recorded, high quality messages.
  • Human announcements should be kept to a minimum. This is especially important with station stop announcements.
  • Service animal relief area information should be made available on the wall nearest wherever ISA is placed.

LIRR Signs

Signs are not to scale.

Sign says do not evacuate stay on train unless directed, followed by braille, then two pictograms.  The left pictogram with a red diagonial line through it shows a man with one foot on a rail with electrical sparks around the foot and the other foot on the rail car.  Under this pictogram, the words remain inside train, and train tracks are dangerous are shown.  In the right hand pictogram, a red man with an outstreached right arm is shown.  Under it, the words exit only when directed is shown.Sign says do not evacuate stay on train unless directed, followed by two pictograms.  The left pictogram with a red diagonial line through it shows a man with one foot on a rail with electrical sparks around the foot and the other foot on the rail car.  Under this pictogram, the words remain inside train, and train tracks are dangerous are shown.  In the right hand pictogram, a red man with an outstreached right arm is shown.  Under it, the words exit only when directed is shown. Yellow sign with red letters saying emergency exit, with braille below it.A sign with a pictogram showing a lady, man, and a person in a wheelchair.  Below the three pictograms, the word restroom is provided, with braille below it.Sign saying restroom, followed by braille, and then three pictograms, one of a man, woman, and international symbol of accessibility.

A pictogram showing a person in a wheelchair.  Below the pictogram are the words priority seating followed below it by braille.  Below the braille are two sentences: mobility impaired passengers and passengers with disabilities have priority in this area, and please comply with request to vacate seats.Sign with International symbol of accessibility, with text sayhing Priority Seating Sign for Disabled Persons followed by braille. 

 

The sign, at the top, shows a pictogram of a person between two cars with a red circle around the pictogram and red diagonal line through it.  Under the pictogram are the words passing between cars is prohibited while train is in motion, followed by braille.The sign says at the top: passing between cars is prohibited while train is in motion, followed by braille.  At the bottom, a pictogram of a person between two cars with a red circle around the pictogram and red diagonal line through it is shown.

 

 

Yellow sign with red words.  The words say emergency intercom, press and release button, wait for steady light.  This is followed by  what maybe is braille (three rows of lower case letter b and upper case letter b).

 

Sign of emergency intercom with hole in middle and one arrow on both sides pointing to the hole.  Words say press and release button.  Wait for steady light.  LIRR DWG L-5181,

Sign says emergency brake valve.  Below the words, braille is provided.Pictogram showing the international symbol of accessibility (guy in wheelchair).  Below it is the word accessible, with braille under it.International symbol of accessibility.  No words, no braille.

Triangle shaped sign showing someone with a foot between the platform and the rail car.  At the bottom of the sign, the words say warning, watch the gap.  No braille.

Triangle shaped sign showing someone with a foot between the platform and the rail car.  At the bottom of the sign, the words say warning, watch the gap.  Braille at bottom.  LIRR DWG N-5102A

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Sign title is Emergency window removal.  Step 1 says locate red handles on window and pull handles toward yourself.  The picture trys to show this.  Step 2 says use red handles to strip away rubber molding.  The picture trys to show this.  Step 3 says locate the metal handles on window and pull towards yourself to remove window pane.  The pictures trys to show this.

Rail Car Interior View, B-end left, of wheel chair parking area including flip up seats,  as vie "watch the gap" "Accessibility", Emergency Instructions, and "exit" decals as viewed from opposite side of car.

 

Rail Car Interior, View B-end Right, of wheel chair parking area including two flip up seats,with "watch the gap" "Accessibility", Emergency Instructions, and "exit" decals as viewed from opposite side of car.

 

Rail Car Interior View, B-end left side, Vestibule, including side door and Toilet Compartment entrance with "watch the gap" "Restroom" and "exit" decals as viewed from vestibule.

 

Rail Car Interior View, center, side wall with emergency egress window, passenger seating area "Emergency Exit" and "Window Removal Instructions" decals as viewed from opposite side.

 

Rail Car Interior View, F-End Storm Door, Cab Area with "Exit", Don Not Evacuate" and "Do Not Pass Between Cars" decals as viewed from aisle.

 

Rail Car Interior View, along aisle towards B-end with passenger seats, vestibule and toilet wall in view with "EXIT" decals as viewed from F-end of car.

 

Rail Car Interior View, F-End, Right Side, side door and vestibule area with "Watch The Gap" and "Emergency Instructions" decals as viewed from outside of the car with near side door open.

 

Rail Car Interior View, B-End, Right Side, side door, and vestibule area with "Watch The Gap" and "Emergency Instructions" decals as viewed from opposite side of vestibule.

 

Rail Car Interior View, B-End, Right Side, side door, wheel chair parking and vestibule area with "Watch The Gap" "Accessibility", "EXIT" and "Emergency Instructions" decals as viewed diagonally from opposite side of vestibule.

 

Rail Car Interior View, B-End, Right Side, side door, seating area adjacent to toilet and vestibule area with "Watch The Gap",  "EXIT" and "Emergency Instructions" decals as viewed diagonally from opposite side of vestibule.

 

The photo shows the end of a rail car with a center door and two seats on each side.  A luggage rack is provided above top of the left and right most seats.  The door has two signs on it next to the door handle, besides the a number sign which says 7182.  To the upper right of the door, three pictograms are provided and a signs which says emergency brake valve.  To the upper left of the door, three signs say Owner-Long Island Rail Road, Fully Equipped FRA Type 223 Glazing, and Assaulting MTA Long Island Rail Road train crew … , along with a number sign which says 7181.  Toward the middle bottom of the door, an exit sign is provided.