ACAT Meeting


Meeting Info

Date:Thursday, June 26, 2008
Location:1900 Yonge Street, 7th Floor Boardroom
Meeting No:205
  • Agenda
  • Meeting Minutes
  1. Call to Order / Attendance
  2. Approval of Agenda
  3. Review and Approval of May 29, 2008 Minutes
  4. Business Arising Out of Minutes/Outstanding Items
  5. Report on Commission Meeting Accessibility Matters
  6. Subcommittee Reports and Updates
  7. Deputations: Garnett Martin
  8. Eglinton Station Washrooms
  9. Accessible Bus Route Update
  10. Fare Subsidy for Disabled
  11. Subway Elevator Service
  12. Response to Subway Interruptions
  13. Accessible and Sedan Contracts Update
  14. Wheel-Trans Internet Trip Booking Update
  15. Other / New Business
  16. Next Meeting – July 31, 2008
  17. Adjournment

Present

  • Bill Castor
  • Marcia Cummings 
  • Adam Cohoon 
  • Dorothy Creaser 
  • Susan Davidson 
  • Angela Marley
  • Scott McArthur
  • Linda Napier
  • Anna Noviss
  • Christene Rowntree

Pool Members

  • Anita Dressler
  • Jessica Geboers
  • Igor Samardzic

Regrets

  • Jo-Ann Bentley
  • Penny Lamy
  • Melanie Morris
  • Howard Wax
  • Karen Lee

TTC Representatives

  • Ross Visconti
  • Bill Dawson
  • Daniel Gaito
  • Tom McPherson
  • Sandy Curcio
 

Copies

  • Gary Webster
  • Vince Rodo
  • John Sepulis
  • Rick Cornacchia
  • Al Chocorlan
  • TTC Commissiners

1. Call to Order / Attendance

Susan Davidson called the meeting to order at approximately 1:00 p.m. Roll call was taken.

2. Approval of Agenda

ON MOTION OF BILL CASTOR, ACAT APPROVED THE AGENDA.

3. Review and Approval of May 29, 2008 Minutes

ON MOTION OF MARCIA CUMMINGS, ACAT APPROVED THE MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON MAY 29, 2008 WITH THE FOLLOWING AMENDMENTS: ITEM #5 SHOULD READ IT WAS RECOMMENDED, NOT SUGGESTED, THAT ALL ITEMS REFERRED BY ACAT TO SUBCOMITTEES BE ADDED TO THE LIST OF OUTSTANDING ITEMS AND PRESENTATIONS ON SUBWAY STATIONS WILL BE, NOT SHOULD BE, ADDED TO THE LIST AS A WAY OF KEEPING TRACK OF THE DIFFERENT PHASES.

ITEM#6 COPY OF BRIEFING WAS NOT ATTACHED AS NOTED IN THE MINUTES. TO BE ATTACHED IN THE JUNE 26, 2008 MINUTES.

ITEM#14 SHOULD BE ADDED TO THE OUTSTANDING ACAT ITEMS.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY BILL CASTOR, SECONDED BY ANNA NOVISS, TO ATTACH ALL COMMISSION AND SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS INCLUDING COPIES OF VERBAL REPORTS MADE, TO MEETING MINUTES.

4. Business Arising Out of Minutes/Outstanding Items

Outstanding ACAT Items

Ross Visconti reviewed the list of Outstanding ACAT Items - June 2008. A brief description on the types of items which are to be placed on the list was discussed along with the status of the item.

5. Report on Commission Meeting Accessibility Matters

Susan Davidson gave an update with respect to this matter.

6. Subcommittee Reports and Updates

Bill Dawson advised that the Meeting Minutes of the June 9, 2008 Design Review Subcommittee will be attached to the June 26, 2008 Minutes.

Anna Noviss gave a short report on the items discussed at the Design Review meeting including that the MaRS project and entrance design was discussed.

A brief verbal report was given by Dorothy Creaser on the Application & Eligibility subcommittee. It was noted that various groups relating to persons with cognitive issues were being visited in order to address issues relating to Wheel-Trans’ application process.A brief verbal report was given by Susan Davidson on the Committees’ first meeting on the review of the Wheel-Trans Cancellation/No Show and Prebook Usage Policies. The figures indicate a significant number of cancellations and no-shows affecting service availability. The current Policy and Form letters are also being reviewed and will be forwarded for ACAT’s input in the near future. A hard copy report will be attached to the June 26, 2008 minutes.

A list provided by Anna Noviss with suggestions and information gathered from People in Motion on June 6 and 7, 2008 was distributed. It was requested that any additional comments/suggestions received by July 2, 2008 can be included with the public open forum feedback. A final report will be given to Ross Visconti who will forward it to the appropriate TTC personnel. Bill Dawson requested that a final report also be issued to the Service Planning department as well.

7. Deputations

Garnett Martin gave a deputation on issues surrounding service integration and the development of the LRT Transit City program.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DOROTHY CREASER THAT A SUBCOMMITTEE BE FORMED REGARDING ISSUES SURROUNDING THE LRT DEVELOPMENT.

Bill Dawson is to provide an invitation to ACAT members which is currently extended to members of all Public meetings regarding the development of the LRT system.

8. Eglinton Station Washrooms

Daniel Gaito provided a presentation regarding the proposed accessible washrooms. The possibility of including a “Family” washroom to accommodate an attendant of the opposite sex was discussed and will be investigated.

9. Accessible Bus Route Update

Bill Dawson gave a brief update on the status of the number of accessible bus routes that are now over 70%. He further advised that it is anticipated that all routes are on track to be accessible by the year 2010.

10. Fare Subsidy for Disabled

Bill Dawson issued the TTC Policy with respect to Proposed Concession Fares.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY SCOTT McARTHUR FOR ACAT TO APPROACH THE COMMISSION AND REQUEST THAT THEY REQUEST THEIR FUNDING PARTNERS, NAMELY THE CITY OF TORONTO AND THE PROVINCE, TO CONSIDER SUBSIDIZED FARES FOR THE DISABLED.

 

11. Subway Elevator Service

Deferred to next meeting.

12. Response to Subway Interruptions

Deferred to next meeting.

13. Accessible and Sedan Contracts Update

Tom McPherson gave an update on the Accessible Taxi Contracts advising that a report will be submitted to the July 10, 2008 Commission meeting for the approval of contracts to be awarded in September and service to commence in January 2009. It was noted that various revisions have been made in order to improve the overall quality of service. The Sedan Contracts will also include the various revisions for improvement to be awarded in October with service to commence in December.

14. Wheel-Trans Internet Trip Booking Update

Ross Visconti provided an update on the Wheel-Trans Internet Trip Booking advising that the first promotion of this new service was made at the People in Motion Show event. A second promotion was made via emailing 3,000 registrants who currently use the online trip confirmation website. The next promotion is planned via Reservations and RideLine telephone greeting messages and in the next Wheel-Trans Newsletter.

15. Other / New Business

Bill Castor raised the issue of inadequate disabled parking at subway stations, namely Finch Station, which he noted was a far walk for disabled persons from their parked vehicle to the entrance of the station.

Bill Dawson agreed to ensure that the disabled parking allocations versus public parking allocation ratios is according to standards.

Ross Visconti discussed the upcoming Wheel-Trans Same-day Accessible Integration Pilot Project for Wheel-Trans customers. This pilot will allow customers to book trips to the closest accessible subway station on the day of service weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. with a 4-hour notice. The pilot will run from July 2, 2008 to September 1, 2008.

16. Next Meeting

The next meeting of ACAT will be held on Thursday, July 31, 2008 in the 7th Floor Boardroom, 1900 Yonge Street.

17. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 3:20 p.m.

Sandy Curcio
For Secretary

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