What Light Rail Means to the Blind and Deaf-Blind Communities
Aside from the obvious increase in mobility for blind and Deaf-Blind people, the new light rail opens a broader range of possibilities in terms of where people can live. With the cost of living in Seattle being so high, many people are finding their home farther and farther away. Light rail makes it possible to live a distance away and get to and from work. The bus system is well linked to the light rail route, creating a web of commute options. Inside the cars are large visual displays indicating the next stop on high contrast backgrounds making it easy to see. The engineers of the system thought to place tactile markers near the tracks creating a safe situation for all blind people.
– Mark Landreneau