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TTC accessibility took centre stage at last night’s town hall

9/16/16 6:00 AM

Yesterday evening (Sept. 15), the TTC held its ninth annual Public Forum on Accessible Transit.

As in previous years, the event was extremely well-attended. The evening began with the opportunity to meet TTC functional experts, Board members and virtually the entire senior management team. Also in attendance were members of the Advisory Committee on Accessible Transit, whose role is to advise the TTC on all matters relating to accessible transit. Following that, a series of presentations was made regarding our progress towards a fully accessible TTC by the mandated 2025 deadline. There was then a lively question-and-answer session to enable all present (and following on a webcast and on Twitter) to question and challenge us on what had been said.

We were able to report continued progress on a number of fronts. A total of 34 of our 69 stations now feature elevators and other accessible features, with work underway at a further six. By the end of 2017, six more accessible stations will come online with the opening of the Spadina subway extension. On the vehicle side, our bus and subway fleet are already accessible, and new, low-floor streetcars are now deployed on three routes. The ongoing rollout of PRESTO will include wide, accessible fare gates at all stations by the end of the year, and we have announced plans to make all bus stops accessible across the TTC network.

Much remains to be done, of course, a point that was made more than once in the public question-and-answer session. The good news is that funding to complete the retrofit of the entire TTC is fully in place and we will not rest until that has been achieved.

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