Accessible Pedestrian Signals

Thursday, May 5, 2016
2:30 PM Eastern Time Zone


Access for pedestrians at signalized intersections requires the right-of-way to be accessible and pedestrian signal information to be available to all users. This session will cover pedestrian signals that are accessible to all pedestrians, including those with vision or hearing impairments, and will also address basic intersection features such as curb ramps and accessible street crossings. Presenters will review requirements for accessible pedestrian signals in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices and discuss other signal and beacon information useful for designing safe and accessible street crossings. The Access Board will partner with the Federal Highway Administration to answer your questions and provide an overview of the proper implementation and usage of pedestrian signals.

Continuing Education Recognition Available

Certificate Credit hours
Certificate of Attendance 1.5
LA CES 1.5


Melissa Anderson, Transportation Engineer, Office of Technical and Information Services, US Access Board

Bruce Friedman, P.E., Federal Highway Administration

Scott Windley, Accessibility Specialist, Office of Technical and Information Services

Questions for presenters:

1 What is the expected time frame when the Board will publish a final rule for public rights-of-way?
2 What is the expected time frame for PROWAG to be adopted?
3 What is the time limit for correcting curbs for cities?
4 Who enforces the provisions of the mutcd as it pertains to the Accessible Pedestrian Signals?
5 If the sound must be 5 db avove the ambient noise at the intersection and the city decreases the max. volume output below 100db how do you determine the correct setting without a maximum ambient noise at that intersection during peak times?
6 What alterations to a traffic signal unit trigger ADA for installation of an APS?
7 Does changing the timing of a signal unit trigger the installation of an APS?