Sound Transit pilots digital wayfinding tool for riders, including those with vision or mobility challenges

The GoodMaps app, which uses light detection and ranging (LiDAR) mapping technology to create highly accurate 3D maps of large public spaces’ interiors, is now available for the Westlake and International District/Chinatown stations on Sound Transit’s Link 1 Line.

With its real-time, turn-by-turn directions via a smartphone app, GoodMaps provides accessible wayfinding for all passengers, including those who have visual or hearing impairments, are neurodivergent or have limited mobility, as well as anyone who feels anxious or uncomfortable in new or complex environments or just wants to find their way more efficiently.

“I’m excited about the potential for GoodMaps to help make complex stations easier to navigate for passengers with vision disabilities and support independent travel for any passenger with a smartphone,” said Beth Hamby, senior accessibility program manager for Sound Transit.

Riders can view this video to see how GoodMaps works. GoodMaps also supports different languages and multimodal integrations. If the pilot is successful, Sound Transit plans to launchGoodMaps to all Link light rail stations.

Link light rail stations will be opening in Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace this fall.

GoodMaps is available on both the Apple App Store and Google Play.

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