Ferries can offer a uniquely accessible and convenient mode of transportation for all riders – especially for people with disabilities that have been historically underserved by public transit. Our vessel design process is inclusive of community input to ensure the ferries and terminals we are designing will be fully accessible and easy to use for our passengers with disabilities, particularly for those that use wheelchairs or motorized scooters.
Our designs begin with ease of boarding. Our ferries will be front loading, eliminating the need for inaccessible stairs or gaps, and each terminal will offer handicap accessible and gently angled gangways to accommodate any standard wheelchairs or motorized scooters.
Once on board, the entrance to the passenger salon from the bow area will be through two front doors that will be flush to the floor, eliminating the threshold for wheelchairs or scooters to navigate over.
Passenger aisles through the salon are extra-wide, making movement around the cabin easy.
Wheelchair tie downs and seat belts for passengers will be provided at selected accessible locations.
A fully accessible restroom equipped with features such as low toilets, handrails, and motion activated faucets will be available on every vessel.
Each of these design components will ensure that all riders are able to access the reliable, convenient, and efficient commute on board, beginning on day one of the system’s launch.