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Revolutionizing Accessibility: San Antonio’s NaviLens System for Better Bus Travel


Feb 13, 2024
VIA Introduces NaviLens Technology to Make Public Transit More Accessible for Riders

SAN ANTONIO – VIA Metropolitan Transit is revolutionizing the way people travel with NaviLens, a new technology system designed to improve accessibility and usability for all riders. The focus of the system is on those who are blind, have low vision, or do not speak English.

The NaviLens system involves installing QR code-style signs at bus stops and transit locations across the city, with plans to implement 6,000 signs by next year. When scanned with a smartphone and the free NaviLens app, these signs provide audio directions in real-time to help riders navigate to stops and buses.

VIA communications manager Lorraine Pulido highlighted the app’s benefits for non-English speakers, stating that it provides audio information in over 34 languages. In addition to aiding navigation, NaviLens will also offer next-bus information and updates for more efficient trip planning.

The rollout cost over $600,000 and was federally funded as part of an effort to improve accessibility. By the end of 2024, San Antonio aims to be the first US city with systemwide adoption of NaviLens. Pulido believes that this technology will “revolutionize the way that people travel.”

For those interested in trying out the NaviLens app, details on installation and use can be found on VIA’s website.

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