Accessible Transportation Projects

For more than half a million people in the world, accessible and safe design features in public transport infrastructure and system can mean an education, a job and equal opportunities that would otherwise be denied to them. Thus it is mandatory to make public transport system and pedestrian infrastructure accessible and provide ‘first and last mile’ connectivity to persons with disabilities and reduced mobility

Samarthyam collaborates with State and Central (federal) Governments, State Transport Authorities, service providers, and public transit agencies:

  • To identify mobility challenges and provide innovative solutions for persons with reduced mobility and disabilities
  • To create inclusive transit services that could be sustained and replicated across the country, equitably access for all was considered crucial.

Policy Advocacy on Accessible Public Transport Systems

First Conference on Accessible Transportation

Samarthyam advocated for National Urban Transport Policy after the first National Conference on “Mobility for All”, held in New Delhi in 2006, thus resulting in the first transport policy in India with inclusive mobility sections.

In 2014, the NUTP was amended again to comply with UNCRPD and The PWD Act 1995 and stipulates universal design and universal accessibility in its preamble.

Access Audits of Delhi Metro Infrastructure

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has set an example of being the most accessible public transportation system in India. Based on the accessibility standards recommended by Samarthyam, similar design standards are being replicated in other parts of the country. Samarthyam is advisor to all the Metro Rail Corporation projects in India such as Bangalore, Kochi and Hyderabad.

Women with Visual impairments auditing Delhi metro railway station Anjelee Agarwall audinting Delhi Metro railway station

Low Floor Buses

Low Floor Buses: To create an accessible bus, Samarthyam in association with Transport Research & Injury Prevention Programme (TRIPP), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, worked with the bus manufacturer, TATA Motors. The design of the buses comprised of wide doors, transit ramps, designated wheelchair space, public information systems with audio & digital display, colour contrast handrails and stanchions, illuminated destination and route signs.

Hinged Ramp on Low Floor Bus DelhiLevel boarding BRT DelhiPictogram inside busVehicle audit- low floor bus

Bus-Queue-Shelters (BQS)

Bus-Queue-Shelters

While New Delhi Municipal Corporation was upgrading the bus shelters design during the Commonwealth Games 2010.

Samarthyam intervened at the planning stage to emphasize the need for platform-bus interface for level boarding; BQS with ramps, tactile paving, Braille route and information signage.

Ramps with handrails and configuration of tactile paving were worked out with BRT architects during the implementation process.

Pedestrian Infrastructure

To provide seamless journey and last mile connectivity between the transit facilities, and to other services, Samarthyam revised the pedestrian guidelines and codes of the Indian Roads Congress with inclusive design standards for pedestrians and commuters.

Pedestrian Infrastructure

Bus Rapid Transit System

Samarthyam intervened at the planning stage in Delhi BRT to emphasize the need for platform-bus interface for level boarding; BQS with ramps, tactile paving, Braille route and information signage. Ramps with handrails and configuration of tactile paving were worked out with BRT architects during the implementation process. The state of art accessible and safe pedestrian infrastructure and bus stations have resulted in many more BRTS in the country to be accessible, safe and friendly to all commuters.

Bus Rapid Transit SystemBus Rapid Transit System

Indian Railways

Samarthyam is working on Accessible Railway Coaches with toilets and transit/ boarding device to bridge gap between rail coach and platform. Partnership with Research Design Standards Organization (RDSO), Rail Coach Factory (RCF) and Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Ministry of Railways, Government of India is helping to conduct R&D projects to make Indian Railways accessible.

Wheelift prototype testing at New Delhi railway StationIndian RailwaysRailway coach  with railway engineersRailway coach R&D with railway engineers on coach boarding mechanism-1

First Conference on Accessible Transportation

As a result of Samarthyam’s collaboration and partnership with stakeholders and service providers, the capital, Delhi has set an example for the rest of the country with its inclusive transit infrastructure with the Delhi Metro, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) System, including low floor buses and bus-queue-shelters, and pedestrian facilities. From the inception, accessible features were incorporated in the planning and implementation of these services, with continued review and monitoring from Samarthyam team.

Samarthyam’s advocacy and sustained implementation strategies, initiatives, and amendment in policies etc. undertaken are keenly followed by the rest of the country to make upcoming Metro (subway) and Bus Rapid transit projects fully accessible for all.

Our Accessible Transportation Projects