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URN etd-0201108-124312 Statistics This thesis had been viewed 5569 times. Download 3323 times. Author Jia-Hong Jiang Author's Email Address No Public. Department Industrial Design Year 2007 Semester 1 Degree Master Type of Document Master's Thesis Language Chinese&English Page Count 205 Title A Study on the Barrier-Free Environment for Visual Impairments in the Taipei Mass Rapid Transit System Keyword guide facility system MRT barrier-free environment barrier-free environment MRT guide facility system Abstract As Taipei Metro continues to unveil different parts of the MRT network, the number of passengers surges. Existing facilities are being improved and new facilities are being added in order to meet the need of the passengers. Taipei Metro for safety concerns has been encouraging passengers who suffer physical disabilities to use barrier-free elevators for vertical movement. By far there have been no building codes in Taiwan defining the appropriateness for the visually impaired and those on the wheelchair to use the same buttons at elevator entrances. Whether the height and arrangement of the push buttons of the barrier-free elevator are fitting and consistent enough for the visually impaired are also significant issues that require further exploration.
Examination of the field survey conducted for this study against data of Project Document Control Center (PDCC) of TCG Department of Rapid Transit Systems indicated facilities relating to the visually impaired include: push buttons and Braille board outside the elevator, embossed floor signs, service bells and guide bricks. Measurement of the field survey figured out the establishment and sizes of these facilities are somewhat different from the standard. Therefore, this study proposes to simulate various devices at the waiting area outside the elevator, embossed floor signs and guide bricks. Twenty visually-impaired people who have received Braille training participated in the experiment. Test outcomes of each facility were tallied for evaluation of its benefits.
The purpose of this study is to examine the relations between the way visually-impaired people use the signs of barrier-free elevators of Taipei Metro and their size and layout from the perspective of ergonomic engineering and universal design. Research findings have shown in consideration of the physically impaired it is more appropriate to mount the push buttons and Braille boards at the height of 107 ~ 115 cm at the waiting area of the elevator on top/bottom floors; in consideration of the physically impaired it is more appropriate to mount the push buttons and Braille boards at the height of 105 ~ 115 cm at the waiting area of the elevator on middle floors; 124 cm is better for embossed floor signs; it is more fitting for the guide bricks to correspond to the entrance of the elevator.
It is the author’s hope that findings of this study would contribute to barrier-free elevators of metro systems in Taiwan, as well as to elevators of the building environment, and serve as reference for domestic and international scholars engaged in related research.
Advisor Committee Cherng-Yee Leung - advisor
Chih-Fu Wu - co-chair
Xia-Mei He - co-chair
Files Date of Defense 2007-12-14 Date of Submission 2008-02-03