ASA 129th Meeting - Washington, DC - 1995 May 30 .. Jun 06

2aAA7. Acoustical design of the New York railway stations with improved accessibility for hearing and visually impaired persons.

Robert Nichols

Nichols Design Assoc., Inc., P.O. Box 11251, Washington, DC 20008

Gerald Henning

Miller Henning Assoc., Inc., McLean, VA 22101

An acoustical design of the New York railway stations is proposed to improve the acoustical accessibility for persons with hearing and visual impairments. The acoustical design includes methods and materials for reducing reverberation times in the stations. Reducing reverberation times increases the capability for auditory communication by: (1) lowering interfering reverberant noise levels generated by people and trains, and (2) increasing the clarity of speech from people and audio systems providing railway information.