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Disabled Persons Denied Equal / Safe Access to Transportation

Community Advocate, Catherine Gardner says that persons with disabilities are being denied equal and or safe access to transportation and is planning rotating demonstrations on Tuesday June 26th. The first demonstration will take place from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in front of the Lincoln Transit Station (Carling Ave. intersection), followed by the second one at the intersection of Albert and the entrance to the Transitway from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. on the same day.

These demonstrations will be peaceful but will be used to slow down any buses requiring access to and from Carling Ave and the Transit Station and or from Albert to the Transitway. Gardner states that she wants the City to reinstate the Free Pass Program for persons with physical disabilities until such a time when persons with disabilities can be assured equal and safe access to transportation.

Gardner has chosen the Lincoln Station as her first location due to the fact that persons with disabilities constantly face hardships at this location which include regular out of order elevators, long line ups when trying to access community passes, lack of accessible parking spots, long distance between connections etc.

At the present time hardships have been increased by construction which has closed the pedestrian bridge along with a lack of accessibility provided to those with disabilities including a lack of curb cuts for persons using scooters or wheelchairs, forcing these passengers to use the same lane as the buses in order to get to the temp bus stop on Carling. Persons using manual chairs and or those using walkers are missing connections due to the distance they must now travel from the transit station to Carling Ave.

In a recent email response from OC Transpo Accessibility Specialist Kathy Riley to Gardner's request to have the #85 Bayshore bus rerouted during construction, Ms. Riley states "I have been working on this issue for the past few weeks and I have spoken to all concerned including letters from the staff at Lincoln asking for the bus to be re-routed. I am sorry that I do not have a resolution for you. This is the official response I received from Bob Goody, manager of operations; Planning, Operations & C.S(control centre) staff have all looked into this matter from different perspectives, and I am sure that a major consideration is one which includes the customer's. Their feedback to me suggests that they support leaving the set-up as layed-out during the construction phase which is scheduled to end next week."

Other issues leading up to these demonstrations include:

OC Transpo Issues:

Para Transpo Issues:

Although the City has made major changes, for the above reasons Gardner is requesting that the Free Pass Program be reinstated for persons with disabilities who are registered with Para.

Para Transpo already has a new "Free" Para Photo ID card for those wanting to use the new taxi chit program. This card could be used for the same passengers to access the buses free of charge without adding additional Administration costs.

For more information or if you are interested in participating in the demonstrations please contact Catherine at 613-726-3609, TTY for persons with communication challenges and via email at catherinegardner@magma.ca

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