Washington State Department of Transportation, Ferries Division (WSF), has issues a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a visual paging system contract. WSF reports they are the world’s largest ferry system based on the number of vehicles carried each year and the third largest in the world based on the 23,000,000 passengers served each year. The contract would create a voice-to-text visual paging system that would make WSF vessel and terminal communications accessible to customers who are deaf or hard of hearing. The system is to include both emergency announcements and general operational announcements and information. Proposals are due January 7, 2010. The RFP and notices are available on the Washington State Department of Transportation website – select the “Browse” radio button, then select “Equipment Procurement” for the category, and then click on “Visual Paging System Contract.”
WSF's actions are being taken to resolve a lawsuit filed against it by the Washington State Communication Access Project (Wash-CAP), a Washington non-profit membership corporation which has the objective of making Washington's public places accessible to people with hearing loss. Visit the Wash-Cap website to learn more about this lawsuit and other activities.