For anyone who wants to know, members of TCB and I (Lynda Jones) specifically made the decision to have the Braille on the bus stop placards written vertically. First, it made the Braille compliant with the ADA and federal DOT standards. This was after I corresponded several times with Marsha Maas in Washington. More importantly it is easier to read the skinny sign by sticking your arm straight out and bringing your hand/fingers straight down the number, reading it in context in one movement. In the past two years I've read several samples in this way and found it much more comfortable to my hand and contextually easier to grasp than the 700 samples I read the way Mr. Orange described in his comments, bending your wrist backward to read one number at a time. In fact, the sign is so skinny some of the numbers such as a 5 and 9 don't fit very well in the space. ? Let's just be happy that finally blind riders can have the same information on the pole as sighted riders, and that members of the community, John Plescow, especially have been willing to work at this for years! ?