Posted by on September 27, 2016
Categories: Bay Area

(BANT) – Caltrain stations will soon feature new devices to help passengers
with visual impairments locate Clipper card readers, according to
transportation officials.

The Clipper card readers already emit a tone when passengers press
the payment cards onto the sensor pads. Starting Sept. 30, the new devices
will emit lower-frequency tones at regular intervals so that people who are
either blind or whose eyesight is seriously impaired can locate the reader
machines more easily.

The locator tone will sound every 15 seconds throughout the day at
most Caltrain stations, however at some stations between San Jose and Gilroy,
the tone will only sound during weekday morning and evening commutes,
according to Caltrain.

At the Broadway and Atherton stations, the tone will only sound
during the weekends, as those stations have no weekday service.

The devices are designed to emit a tone that can be heard up to 20
feet away.