Ontario Transit Services Expected To Announce All Transit St

Ontario Transit Services Expected To Announce All Transit St

Postby CLS » Tue Feb 19, 2008 4:04 pm

Originally posted by Jeannie on Thu Nov 08, 2007


Publication Date: October 25, 2007
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Toronto -
Following up on several key developments in the area of accessible transit, Chief Commissioner Barbara Hall has written to transit services across the province asking them to remove barriers faced by riders with disabilities. “Stop announcements are not only necessary for visually impaired riders but can benefit all transit users including visitors and even many of us who can't see the stops due to crowds or weather conditions,” commented Chief Commissioner Hall.

In a recent decision this past July in Lepofsky v. Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario found that the TTC’s failure to ensure announcements of all stops on buses and streetcars violated the human rights of persons with disabilities, particularly riders with visual impairments. It ordered the TTC to begin announcing bus route stops within 30 days. This follows a similar ruling by the Tribunal in July 2005 involving a complaint about the lack of stop announcements in Toronto’s subway system.


Makes you wonder why this would not simply be common sense.
I am personally happy to see this in place. We all appreciate assistance.
For more details please visit http://www.ohrc.on.ca/en/resources/news/ttcxs
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