"Visual Accessibility 3.0" for the Railway System of the Metropolitan Region of Barcelona
Lluís Alegre, Metropolitan Transport Authority of Barcelona (MTA), Cristina, , Cristina Pou, Metropolitan Transport Authority of Barcelona (MTA)
The Metropolitan Region of Barcelona is one of the most accessible transport systems for people with reduced mobility. The next challenge is ‘Visual Accessibility 3.0’: to guarantee visual accessibility at the height of the technological era.
Public rail transport in the Metropolitan Region of Barcelona is one of the most accessible leading systems internationally for people with reduced mobility, reaching 88% of accessibility on the Barcelona Metro network (TMB) or 97% on the Catalan suburban railway network (FGC). All this has been possible thanks to substantial planning and a sizeable financial investment from the Government of Catalonia to make the whole railway transport system accessible with the global and integration-based concept of “Design for All”.
The next challenge, however, in accordance with the “Mobility Master Plan 2013-2018” drawn up by the Metropolitan Transport Authority (ATM) of Barcelona is to establish the concept of ‘Visual Accessibility 3.0’ for the railway system of the Metropolitan Region of Barcelona (RMB). In other words, to guarantee visual accessibility at the height of the technological era for websites and apps for public rail transport, for smartphones on Android and iOs and other devices.
For this reason, the ATM of Barcelona together with the association Railgrup, the UPC-Barcelona Tech and the company RAILSA, have conducted a study to analyse the current situation of people with visual disability on public rail transport, taking into account the new information and communication technologies (ICTs).
The aim is to present the results of this study which has just been completed in January 2016, and in which the websites and apps of different public rail transport operators in the RMB have been analysed with regard to their level of visual accessibility; taking into account the concept of visual accessibility in new technologies, and such important factors as the regulations and legislation in force, the barriers that exist or the tools necessary to be able to assess visual accessibility.
Finally, the recommendations for parameters for the design and verification of visually accessible websites and apps will be presented.
Association for European Transport