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Pilot new wayfinding technology for visually impaired pedestrians            

DOT will conduct a pilot test of electronic beacons, which can assist visually impaired pedestrians in navigating the City, at indoor and outdoor transportation facilities. DOT will also test tactile guide-ways for visually impaired pedestrians on sidewalks and at outdoor public spaces.

Strategic Plan 2016 Initiative


Related OneNYC Initiative


Short-Term Milestones (by end of 2017)


Update Description

DOT will pilot the installation and use of tactile guideways at transportation hubs and open spaces.


In 2017, tactile guideways were piloted in a DOT facility and on Broadway between 24th and 25th Streets, DOT's first Shared Street location.

DOT will pilot the installation and use of beacon technology at transit hubs and dense corridors.


In 2017, DOT tested beacon technology at transportation hubs and open spaces at DOT’s Whitehall Ferry Terminal, Madison Square Plaza, and Madison Square Park. Additional pilots of beacon technology will launch in 2018. 

Medium-Term Milestones (by end of 2021)


Update Description

Based on the results of these pilots and subject to funding availability, DOT will expand beacon technology and tactile guideways for wayfinding navigation.