Introducing “Talk to Me Maps”, a new service that makes navigating RTD’s system for blind and visually impaired passengers easier. The braille/large print maps work with talking smartpens to assist passengers with trip planning and where to board buses.
How to use Talk to Me Maps:
- Orientation and Mobility instructors from various programs for people who are visually impaired will work with clients and students to orient them to RTD’s system using the maps.
- With the help of instructors, passengers may check out Talk to Me Maps and the smartpen at the following locations (I.D. will be required for checkout):
– Downtown Transit Center, 421 E. Weber Ave, Stockton
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
– Manteca Transit Center, 220 Moffat Blvd, Manteca
6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Saturday
– Lodi Transit Center, 24 S. Sacramento St., Lodi
7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m Saturday
9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday
– Tracy Multi-Modal Center, 50 E. 6th Street, Tracy
7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
- Next, the talking smartpen tells them where they should board the bus depending on the boarding location they have selected.
Talk to Me Maps are available at the following transit stations:
- RTD Downtown Transit Center- 421 E. Weber Ave, Stockton, CA 95202
- Manteca Transit center- 220 Moffat Blvd, Manteca, CA 95336
- Lodi Transit Station- 24 S. Sacramento St, Lodi, CA 95240
- Tracy Multi-Modal Center, 50 E. 6th St, Tracy, CA 95376
Development of RTD Talk to Me Maps was a collaboration among:
- Community Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CCBVI)
- San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD)
- Media and Accessible Design Lab (MAD Lab) at LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired-San Francisco, who produced the maps and programmed the pens.