Increasing Access to Transit: Localized Mobile Information

Aaron Steinfeld, Leslie Bloomfield, Sarah Amick, Yun Huang, Will Odom, Qian Yang, John Zimmerman

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While several studies note the challenges that people with disabilities face when using public transit, little work has investigated how mobile transit information apps affect accessibility. To address this gap, we recruited transit riders who are blind, who have low vision, who use mobility devices, and who have no disabilities. We asked them to use a transit information app, Tiramisu, for 21 days during their regular travel. We observed participants struggling with a number of barriers that had previously been reported. However, the localized transit information also removed barriers to travel; we observed participants engaging in less preplanning and more opportunistic travel. We also identified new opportunities to improve transit use through mobile information.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-64
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Urban Technology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 3 2019


  • Disability
  • crowdsourcing
  • field study
  • mobile
  • transit

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urban Studies


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