La Paz is the seat of government and the de facto national capital of the State of Bolivia (the constitutional capital of Bolivia is Sucre). Its metropolitan area, which is formed by La Paz, El Alto and Viacha, makes up the most populous urban area in Bolivia, with a population of 2.5 million. The city, located in west-central Bolivia 68 km (42 mi) southeast of Lake Titicaca, is set in a canyon created by the Choqueyapu River. It is located in a bowl-like depression surrounded by the high mountains of the Altiplano. At an elevation of roughly 3,650 m above sea level, La Paz is the highest capital city in the world. Due to its altitude, La Paz has an unusual subtropical highland climate, with rainy summers and dry winters. La Paz is also an important cultural center of Latin America, as it hosts several landmarks belonging to the colonial times, such as the San Francisco Church, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Plaza Murillo and the Jaén Street. La Paz wheelchair access is poor and those with a mobility impairment must do serious planning to visit this amazing city.
Singapore, the island city-state off southern Malaysia, is a global financial center with a tropical climate and multicultural population. Its colonial core centers on the Padang, a cricket field since the 1830s and now flanked by grand buildings such as City Hall, with its 18 Corinthian columns. Singapore wheelchair access is of a high standard and superior to wheelchair access in most asian nations.
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Trains – Mass Rapid Transit (MRT)
Mass Rapid Transit, or MRT, is a rapid transit system forming the major component of the railway system in Singapore, spanning most of the city-state. All MRT stations are equipped with barrier-free facilities like ramps, lifts and wheelchair-accessible toilets for use by elderly and persons with disabilities.
There are two wheelchair-accessible carriages on each train. Keep a lookout for wheelchair indicator stickers on the train doors to locate them. Visually impaired commuters can use the Braille plates in station lifts and follow the tactile ground surface indicators that will guide them from the entrance to the platform. The indicators also serve as warnings near the platform edge. Aboard the train, station names and audio instructions for transfers are announced at every station stop.
The hearing-impaired can find indications of arrival times and destinations of approaching trains on the Rail Travel Information System (RATIS) located on platforms. While travelling on the North-South and East-West lines, the SMRT Active Route Map Information System (STARiS) on display will specify the station of arrival. Train doors are also installed with lights that flash red to warn passengers before closing.
To find out more about accessibility features on our trains, please click here.
Darwin is the capital of the Northern Territory and a gateway to the unique Kakadu National Park. The city’s waterfront area has several beaches and green areas like Bicentennial Park. Also near the water is the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, displaying Southeast Asian and Pacific art, plus a pearling lugger and seafaring vessels. Darwin wheelchair access is good, but those who feel the heat and/or have trouble breathing are well advised to avoid summer and visit between May and October.
As well as markets, crocodiles and cruises, Darwin has strong Aboriginal cultures, as evidenced by the array of languages spoken in the streets, and the vibrant Aboriginal art that fills the city. Darwin is treasured country to its traditional owners, the Larrakia people, who are prominent and active members of the local community. The city’s proximity to Asia means you’ll also find strong Asian influences, especially in the energetic food scene and night markets. So Darwin is both modern and multicultural, boasting a population made up of people from more than 60 nationalities and 70 different ethnic backgrounds. Consequently, the city is characterised by its many exciting cultural festivals and weekly food and craft markets.
Darwin has evolved from its days as a laid back frontier town and while it still retains its relaxed charm, it has become a sophisticated city. Many visitors are surprised to find that it has accommodation, eateries, clubs, pubs, museums and other amenities that are equal to what you’ll find in the southern cities.
Darwin disability access public buses have an easy-access low floor and are fitted with ramps that provide access for standard wheelchairs and lightweight mobility aids. These buses have all of the following:
a driver activated manual ramp
footpath ‘kneeling’ action to bring the floor closer to ground level and reduce the angle between the floor and the footpath, improving wheelchair and pram access
handrails and bus stop button to assist the mobility of passengers with a disability
room for two wheelchairs or prams in the priority seating areas
a special button in the priority seating area to enable those with limited upper body strength to signal when it is their stop
skid-resistant flooring in the priority seating area to reduce the amount of movement of wheelchairs while the bus is in motion.
Before using a public bus, you must check whether your wheelchair or mobility aid meets the size restrictions. Find out more about buses and mobility aids.
Adelaide is the capital city of the state of South Australia, and the fifth-most populous city of Australia, with an estimated population of 1,333,927. The city was named in honour of Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen, queen consort to King William IV, Founded in 1836, Adelaide was the planned capital for a freely-settled British province in Australia. Colonel William Light, one of Adelaide’s founding fathers, designed the city and chose its location close to the River Torrens, in the area originally inhabited by the Kaurna people. Light’s design set out Adelaide in a grid layout, interspaced by wide boulevards and large public squares, and entirely surrounded by parklands. It has been noted for early examples of religious freedom, a commitment to political progressivism and civil liberties. The city of Adelaide promotes ‘events tourism’ and people with disabilities frequently travel to events such as cricket at the Adelaide Oval and arts events such as the Adelaide Fringe and the World Music Festival. Adelaide wheelchair access is very good.
Adelaide has been known as the “City of Churches” since the mid-19th century, referring to its diversity of faiths rather than the piety. The churches and gardens in the city are magnificent attractions for disability travel as well as non-disabled visitors.
Adelaide wheelchair access buses will stop at each of the timetabled city stops/zones within the CBD. For all other stops, just hail the bus. For customers who use a white cane or are accompanied by an assistance dog, the driver will stop and announce the bus route number. Reflective Ticket Wallets are issued to passengers who have a physical disability that is not obvious as they do not use a mobility device. These wallets enable you to indicate to approaching drivers that you require the ramp to be deployed in order to board bus. You can request a reflective ticket wallet through the Adelaide Metro InfoLine and it will be posted to you. If you require a ramp to board, you can request this. However you must be independently able to board or travelling with a companion who can assist you.
Where to wait for a train or tram and how to board
Train platforms have a boarding patch (indicated by a large painted white-on-blue International Symbol for Access) where you should wait for assistance from the driver or Passenger Service Assistant (PSA). These boarding points are located at the point where the first door of the leading car will stop. Also, in some cases you may be able to board directly as there may be no step or large gap. However If assistance is required the driver or PSA will be available to deploy the access ramp. At Adelaide Railway Station when you enter the accessible gate, the Customer Service Officers manning the gate can arrange for boarding assistance on request.
Reflective Ticket Wallets are issued to passengers who have a physical disability that is not obvious as they do not use a mobility device. These wallets enable you to indicate to approaching drivers that you require the ramp to be deployed in order to board the train or tram. Make sure you request a reflective ticket wallet through the Adelaide Metro InfoLine and it will be posted to you.
Trams platforms have a boarding patch (indicated by a large painted white-on-blue International Symbol for Access) where you should wait for assistance when the tram is due from the driver or Passenger Service Assistant (PSA). These boarding points are located at the point where the first door of the leading car will stop. In some cases you may be able to board directly as there may be no step or large gap, but if assistance is required the driver or a PSA will be available to deploy the access ramp.
Please note that all tram stops are accessible except for the City South stop.
When funding is available the City South Tram stop will be reconfigured to provide better accessibility and amenity for our customers.
When using a ramp to board a bus, train or tram
Position your mobility aid with wheels straight so you can ‘drive on’ via the ramp through the vehicle doorway. Ensure the stability brakes on of your mobility aid and safety for you and staff by keeping the wheels straight and not turning on the ramp.
Where to position onboard vehicles
All the Metro Adelaide wheelchair access vehicles have priority seating and allocated spaces. See the fact sheet for locations of these areas on the Accessibility and Disability page.