Draft Public Rights-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines Where required Guidelines will apply to new construction and alterations.
"Each crosswalk with pedestrian signal indications shall have a signal
device which includes audible and vibrotactile indications of the WALK
Specifications of the walk indication:
Shall be both audible and vibrotactile
Audible indication shall be by voice or by tone
Tones shall consist of multiple frequencies with dominant component
at 880 Hz; duration of .15 seconds, repeated at intervals of .15 seconds
Measurement of the volume for walk indication and locator tone
Tone or voice volume measured at 36 inches from the APS, shall be
2dB minimum and 5dB maximum above ambient noise level
APS shall be responsive to ambient noise level changes
Be integral with the APS device
Have locator tones that operate during the flashing and steady Don't
Have locator tones that repeat at one-second intervals for a duration
of 0.15 sec max
Shall require 5 lbf maximum force
Shall be operable with one hand, and not require grasping, twisting
Shall be installed with the control face facing the intersection
and parallel to the direction of the crosswalk it serves
Shall be 2 inches minimum across, and contrast visually with housing
Location of pushbuttons
Pushbuttons shall be
Located at a level landing connected to the pedestrian access route
60 inches maximum from the crosswalk line extended
120 inches maximum and 30 inches minimum from the curb line
120 inches minimum from other pedestrian signal devices at the crossing
Tactile and visual signs on the face of the device or its housing or mounting
shall indicate crosswalk direction and the name of the street containing
the crosswalk served by the pedestrian signal.
Comply with ADA Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) 703.2 specifications
for Braille and raised print
Include a tactile arrow aligned parallel to the crosswalk direction
and specifications for arrow size; arrow shall contrast with the background
Where provided, graphic indication of the crosswalk shall be tactile
and characters shall contrast with background
Not specifically mentioned although 'additional features' are permitted
Extended button press permitted to activate additional features; buttons
of devices with additional features shall be marked with symbol comprised
of three Braille dots forming an equilateral triangle.
Public comment period ended October 28, 2021
Notice of Proposed Rule-making anticipated Spring 2003, followed by a public comment period
Review by Office of Management and Budget
Notice of Final Rule
Adoption as regulation by Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration
The development of rights-of-way guidelines can be monitored on the U.S.
Access Board's website at www.access-board.gov.
The Board also maintains a toll-free technical assistance line at (800)872-2253
(V); (800)993-2822 (TTY).