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Posted on: March 28, 2023

City of Charlottesville to Upgrade All Pedestrian Signals Breaking National Record


March 28, 2023

City of Charlottesville to Upgrade All Pedestrian Signals Breaking National Record 

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - By the end of this week, the City of Charlottesville will have upgraded 26 pedestrian signals to include audio indicators for visually impaired persons that are functional from any smartphone. This will put Charlottesville in the lead for most pedestrian signals that are operational from any smartphone in the United States.  

These upgrades are with the help of the Polara app (, which is designed for people with vision impairments. With this new system, a person approaching an intersection can open the app to listen to a voice that speaks with the pedestrian signal. It also gives off a sound indicator so that people with vision impairments can find the signal button. This allows anyone to virtually activate the pedestrian signal from their phone—provided they are within five feet of the signal.  

The City of Charlottesville plans to upgrade the remaining pedestrian signals, approximately 50, over the next six months.  

More information on how these upgraded pedestrian signals work with Polara can be found here:  

 Media Contact
Brennen Duncan
Traffic Engineer
City of Charlottesville

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