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