There are many factors to consider when planning and designing new subway stations or overhauling existing facilities. Grating is a necessity for subway stations. Subway grating provides ventilation for the heat generated by the trains moving through the tubes and on the tracks and allows fresh air into the tunnel. It also provides a way for smoke and steam to escape the tunnels if there is ever a fire or accident on the tracks. Incorporating ADA compliant grates into facilities can create a safe way for patrons using wheel chairs, walkers or canes to access the subway as well as allowing for drainage and ventilation.
How can you make sure that your subway grating is ADA compliant? These few guidelines can help develop plans for safe subway access.
Incorporating slip resistant grating into subway grating can create a safe surface both in the tunnels as well as above for the ventilation grates. SlipNOT® Metal Safety Flooring manufactures an all metal slip resistant surface that is applied to subway grating. Stainless steel, galvanized steel and aluminum gratings provide a corrosion resistant option for use in these applications. Requiring little or no maintenance, the high traction gratings are available in a variety of spacing’s and can be customized to fit job specifications.
MBTA Guide to Access. October 1990. July 2012. “http://www.mbta.com/uploadedfiles/Business_Center/Bidding_and_Solicitations/Design_and_Construction/Guide-to-Access.Section1.pdf”