The new APS unit for the visually impaired don’t work!

The ones at 101 Avenue and 110 Street has a very low volume, then suddenly high after several pushes. Over 500 intersections were installed in 2022. Is there a check and maintenance report?

The new type of Accessible Pedestrian Signals (APS) unit used by NYC DOT, replaced older “birdcall”, was tested and approved for use in New York City in 2011, and features a distinct rapid ticking tone that can be adjusted based on the needs of a specific intersection. They also feature a raised vibrating tactile arrow at the pedestrian pushbutton location, which a user can find by a locator tone. These units are installed in close proximity to each pedestrian crossing ramp so that there is no confusion which APS unit is for which crossing. In order to further clarify each pedestrian crossing and reduce confusion, locations where pushbuttons are within 10 feet of one another will have audible speech messages which verbally announce the name of its respective street. Upon pushing the button, the arrow will vibrate and there will be a rapid percussive tone or audible message when the “walk” signal is displayed.

Vote Danniel Maio by November 7, 2023