New Audible Pedestrian Signals Provide Essential Service
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    New Audible Pedestrian Signals Provide Essential Service

    The Traffic and Engineering Department, in collaboration with various City entities and the Accessibility Advisory Committee, has launched new Audible Pedestrian Signals (APS), providing members of the community an instrumental tool for crossing assistance at signalized intersections.

    The implementation of the Audible Pedestrian Signals has been the compilation of coordination and funding from several sources. The objective of the APS is to proactively extend a specialized service to members of the community that may require assistance upon approaching a traffic intersection. The initiative entails a projected placement of 45 units around the city placing El Paso among the forefront of larger cities, such as San Diego and Portland, that are currently providing this service. Some of the unique unit features include:

    • Customized voice messages specific to location
    • Intersection identification in Braille
    • Pole locator tone that adjusts to ambiance noise
    • Vocalized crossing countdown, adjusted to pedestrian and traffic flow
    • A vibrating tangible arrow providing direction
    Currently, 13 Audible Pedestrian Signals are already available for public use at the following intersections:
    • Lomaland & Gateway East
    • Lomaland & Gateway West
    • Pasiano & Washington
    • Alameda & Boll
    • Hunter & Phoenix
    • Oregon & Schuster
    • Yarbrough & Pebble Hills
    • Lomaland & Rojas
    • University & Oregon
    • Giles & Gateway East
    • Yarbrough & Gateway East
    • Viscount & Westmoreland
    • George Dieter & Trawood
    A ribbon cutting ceremony highlighting this project will take place March 29th at 11:30 a.m. at the intersection of Paisano and Washington.

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