METRO Universal Accessibility Improvements – Houston METRO
LAN is providing engineering and architecture services for Houston METRO’s Universal Accessibility Initiative. METRO has prioritized universal accessibility as an agency initiative to commit to public facility environments that can be accessed, understood, and used to the greatest extent possible by all people, regardless of their age, size, ability, or disability.
The project includes optimizing bus routes and upgrading METRO’s vast network of bus stops and associated infrastructure. The upgrades include sidewalks, wheelchair ramps, and bus shelter foundation improvements. METRO divided the city into six zones and selected a firm to upgrade each zone. LAN is providing architecture/engineering services for Zone 5 (southwest Houston), which includes the Westheimer Corridor.
In total, LAN will design improvements for 265 bus stops which will include new stop pads that incorporate METRO’s latest standards, bringing the pad site into compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) while maximizing accessibility and enabling the housing of future bus shelters. Enhancements include truncated domes, widening and tying of sidewalks into the site, and the addition and/or improvement of ADA-compliant wheelchair ramps for stops that are adjacent to intersections. The team is also overseeing wider infrastructure improvements, such as a study to optimize traffic signal timings to increase road-user safety around each stop.
At a glance
265 bus stop improvements
Bus shelter foundation