Accessibility: Light Rail Transit for All
Accessibility, the Light Rail and everything in between
Our vision of accessibility
The Red Line will be accessible to the entire public, including people with disabilities, senior citizens, and people with limited mobility such as those with luggage, strollers, and young children.
NTA sees the LRT system and its stations and stops as a universal system which can be utilized by everyone.
Equality, Respect and Everything in Between
We believe that physical and social accessibility is crucial to the dignity and self-respect of people with disabilities.
Accessibility and the City
How do we at NTA view accessibility? We see accessibility as an inseparable part of the urban environment, one which significantly affects design, architecture and construction solutions.
What will be accessible?
The light rail system will incorporate slip-resistant sidewalks and walking lanes, utilize ramps, and have low curbs, highly visible signs, high quality lighting, rails, entrance gates, elevators, seating in stations, accessible platforms, etc.
Beyond the Requirements
Red Line facilities will include at least one accessible path between the street level and the platform level – more than current law requires.
Steps will be taken in the Light Rail Transit project to ensure appropriate service at information booths, ticketing machines and ticket gates, as well as proper access to information by making it available in multiple ways.
The passage from the underground platforms through the platform edge doors to the light rail vehicles will be free of tripping hazards, increasing safety for all passengers.
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Plans for Disabled Persons on the Red Line
A public transportation system is vital to provide the ability of all people to participate fully in community life. Full participation means being able to get to and from work, school, social events, public and social services, and more. The accessibility of the light rail system is handled on a number of levels, from the planning of proper signage to the establishment of continuous and easily navigable paths connecting the street to the light rail stations and stops.
The accessibility component of Israel’s Equal Rights for Persons with Disabilities Law requires that all places in which services are provided to the public be accessible to people with physical, sensory, cognitive, emotional, or developmental disabilities.
Physical and social accessibility is vital for the full inclusion of people with disabilities in society.
Accessibility of the Red Line
In accordance with NTA’s worldview the Red Line will be accessible to the entire public, including those with a physical or sensory handicap, senior citizens, and people with limited mobility such as those with luggage, strollers, young children, etc.
The various facilities of the Red Line will abide by Israel Standard 1918 (IS 1918) and will provide an accessible path from the street level to the train platforms. The planning of all public areas is required to comply with universal design principles.
In other words, all Red Line facilities will be accessible to all users in a manner which does not isolate or attract undue attention to certain users.
Accessibility is an inseparable part of the Line's environment, impacting planning, architecture and construction.
Accessible Trains – Without Obstacles
The light rail vehicles will include easy access measures for people with various disabilities. These measures will enable all passengers to move freely between the sidewalks and the platforms as well as inside the coaches. Accessibility measures will include things like switches for opening doors and validating tickets.
Both audible and visual information will be available inside the coaches, and seats will be reserved for people with disabilities in accordance with the law.
Freedom of Mobility within the Stations
The public areas of the light rail stations will provide appropriate solutions for people with various disabilities, whether they be temporary or permanent, and will enable all passengers to move freely, easily and safely to and from the sidewalks on the street level down to the platforms and into the light rail vehicles. There will be specialized waiting areas for disabled persons on the platforms.
In addition, steps will be taken to ensure that appropriate services are available at information booths, ticketing machines and ticket gates, and that access is provided to information announced via dynamic media outlets or through stationary signs.
Safe passage from the platforms to the light rail vehicles
All necessary measures will be taken to ensure the safety of all passengers in any emergency situations which could arise.
All of the at grade stops will be designed to be accessible from all nearby sidewalks via pedestrian crossings to the platform stop, on surfaces which are appropriately sloped and obstacle free and in accordance with the relevant regulations.
Parking for All
Where above- or below-ground parking facilities are provided they will include accessible parking spots. These will be located as close as possible to the facility’s entrance and exit in accordance with the relevant regulations.
On the Platform
To make navigation easier, platforms will be designed with a minimum number of turns and obstacles. The furniture on the platforms will be placed along a straight line to allow safe passage for people with disabilities. All seats on the platform will be designed in accordance with the relevant regulations.
At Grade Stops
A continuous and accessible path will available from the footpaths to all stops via pedestrian crossings and ramps to the platform, all stop facilities, the marked platform edge and onto the train.
Pedestrian crossings will be recognizable by a special mark on the footpaths. The passage from the footpaths to the stop will be free of stairs. This will be made possible by either lowering the footpath or raising the street level. The particular modifications necessary at each stop will be coordinated with the relevant local authority.
The stop’s entrance gate, if there is one, will be marked and distinguished from its surroundings through the use of distinctly colored paint. Every covered waiting area will have a spot reserved for wheelchair users – the size and number of places will be in accordance with the relevant regulations.
Information Booth and Service Booth – At Eye Level
All information and service booths will be accessible to wheelchair users in accordance with the relevant regulations.
Information and service booths will include manned booths in every area in which trip fare inspections are performed. The booths will have facilities for the hearing impaired and will be equipped with a hearing aid system which will include a microphone for the service provider, an external speaker facing the passenger, a hearing aid audio circle and an amplifier for volume regulation.
Lighting in the information and service booths will be installed in such a way that the face of the service provider is illuminated and the passenger is not dazzled by the light. Manned service booths will have clear windows and will utilize anti-glare materials.
For all the Senses: PA system, Lighting, Railings, Etc.
-The public announcement system will be both visual and audible.
-Obstacles will be marked with contrasting colors.
- Glass panels will include safety marks.
-Stairs will include support railings on both sides as well as warning lines before the first and last step, and on every step.
-Elevators will be built in accordance with the relevant regulations.
-Lighting will be uniform, not dazzling, and will not be pointed directly towards the passengers’ eyes.
-Signs and ticketing equipment will comply with the relevant regulations.
-Escalators and travellators will include warning signs painted in contrasting colors at the top and bottom of the escalator and on both sides of the passenger conveyor.
- Automatic ticketing machines – at least one of every type of machine and facility, including ticket purchasing equipment, will be accessible to wheelchair users in accordance with the relevant regulations.
-Toilet facilities in the stations will be accessible to disabled persons in accordance with the relevant regulations.