Navigate to outdoor Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) bus stops easily and independently with BlindWays. Fully accessible via VoiceOver, BlindWays will help guide you to within a cane’s distance of an outdoor bus stop sign using permanent landmark clues contributed by volunteers. Picking up where GPS leaves off, BlindWays presents landmarks in a sequence aligned with the direction you are walking. In addition, BlindWays provides predictive, location-based bus arrival information, and saves your most-used bus routes for future reference.
BlindWays was built from the ground up with accessibility in mind and inspired by feedback from the blind community. The app was built by a team of developers and testers who are accessibility users and experts, many of whom are also visually impaired.
BlindWays navigational clues are contributed by volunteers who can easily submit them while they’re waiting for the bus or walking in the neighborhood. Those clues help BlindWays users navigate easily and independently to work, school and appointments, rather than relying on expensive ride services or favors from friends and family.
We're making it even easier to find the bus stop! BlindWays 2.0 now alerts users navigating to bus stops on MBTA routes 70 and 71 of the presence of a bus stop sign using vibrations. As the user approaches the bus stop sign using crowdsourced navigational landmark clues, the vibrations intensify and the user will hear a subtle sound, along with a VoiceOver notification: "You have arrived at the stop. Review the clues to confirm your location.” The vibrations will slow down if the user travels past the bus stop sign. BlindWays connects to beacons being installed by the MBTA in an experimental pilot along bus routes 70 and 71.
Ratings and Reviews
Easy to use & Very helpful!
This app is beautifully made and super easy to use. No more confusion about where exactly a bus will stop and pick me up. The landmarks make it easy to find where to stand and also share clues with other users. Very inspiring app that makes me proud to live in Boston!
I know so many people Who were excited to see this, then disappointed that it only covered the area surrounding Perkins. I have to agree. Even if you expanded service and charged for the app, it would be very much appreciated by blind people across the country, particularly those in areas that don't typically receive attention from major GPS and transit apps.
Very simple to use and make a difference in the life of someone who is blind.
- Perkins School For The Blind MA
- 58.8 MB
- Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2017 Perkins School for the Blind
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.