McMahon was engaged by the MBTA to undertake an audit of selected bus stops across their system, with a focus on ADA and MBTA accessibility requirements. The goal of the project was to review deficiencies at each bus stop, develop provisional cost estimates to make accessibility improvements, and ultimately to design improvements at several locations.
A desktop assessment of priority bus stops (i.e. stops with high ridership, in proximity to special facilities and/or with known accessibility-related issues) was conducted to gather initial information on the each stop and select stops for the field audit.
Field data was collected on a tablet, using McMahon’s web- and GIS-based asset management software tool - TRAISR. Data, sketches and photos, were linked to each bus stop in the field and uploaded directly, enabling real-time availability of information, as well as a centralized download of all data and images at one time. Accessibility-related elements audited included the landing area, path of travel, curb ramps and amenities. Other general information about the bus stop and its surrounding environment was also gathered. Audit reports for each stop were subsequently generated. McMahon also developed provisional cost estimates to improve access to each stop.
A prioritization effort to select bus stops with the most critical barriers or egregious accessibility deficiencies was undertaken. McMahon is currently developing preliminary design plans for accessibility improvements at 50 priority bus stops in nine municipalities.