2015 TTC Public Forum on Accessible Transit

Photo of TTC Wheeltrans driver helping a customer up the ramp onto the bus

A year has come and gone, and it’s already the 2015 TTC Public Forum on Accessible Transit. We were there covering the forum in 2014 and will be there again this time. It will take place next Wednesday, September 16.

One-on-One Discussions: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Open Public Forum: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Here are the accomplishments and look-ahead stated by TTC.

Key accomplishments in 2014 have included:

  • launching the first new low-floor accessible streetcars on route 510 Spadina;
    opening two more accessible stations, Dufferin and Lawrence West
  • completely revamping the TTC’s priority seating program, including new information decals in all vehicles, a comprehensive education campaign, and new blue seats in priority seating areas
  • upgrading the Wheel-Trans online booking website to enable customers to add new addresses online.

Major planned initiatives from 2015 to 2018 include:

  • completing “Easier Access” accessibility upgrades, including elevators, automatic doors, and improved signage and wayfinding, at nine additional subway stations
  • installing external announcements on vehicles to advise customers of the route and direction prior to boarding
  • revising Wheel-Trans eligibility criteria to comply with AODA regulations;
    ensuring that TTC implementation of the PRESTO Fare Card System is accessible for customers with disabilities
  • implementing a real-time elevator and escalator monitoring system to reduce downtime resulting from unplanned outages.

Are there anything missing from this list that you believe TTC needs to tackle? What are they? Post your questions below and we’ll be sure to ask!

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