Universal Accessibility Improvements – Houston METRO
The LAN team performs substantial data collection in support of its UA design improvements, including field site assessment, gathering of existing drawings, and sight visibility triangle analysis. This effort establishes both the condition of the site (non-compliant infrastructure, presence of driveways, cracked pavement, etc.) and the required coordination measures. With 213 sites to date located in Houston’s numerous special management districts and zones, prioritization of sites requiring more extensive coordination and/or specialized design has proven key in mitigating project delays. Strategic “bundling” of sites has likewise streamlined the overall coordination effort, enabling the team to adhere to METRO’s two-week review turnaround, and to make the best use of available funds. Outside of METRO, LAN has coordinated and submitted plans to agencies including the Office of the City Engineer, Memorial Water Authority, and Memorial Park Conservancy for permits and/or approvals.
Design focuses on new or improved bus pad sites that are in compliance with both METRO’s latest standards and the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)—as well as strategic upgrades to the overall user experience. Improvements include installation of larger pads, widening and tying of sidewalks into the pad site, and the addition or upgrade of ADA-compliant truncated domes and wheelchair ramps. These improvements generally follow METRO’s standards, but the variable urban streetscape has often demanded creative design implementation—LAN adapting the “standardized” stop site into unique, context-sensitive footprints. The LAN team is also overseeing additional service performance enhancements at some sites, including studies to optimize traffic signal timings. These improvements increase road-user safety and tie into additional METRO service upgrade initiatives.
At a glance
420+ bus stop improvements
Bus shelter foundation
Bus stop pads