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TTC hosts annual forum
on accessible transit, September 16

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TTC Orion VII bus #7776 looks on as wheelchair-accessible bus W105 visits Victoria Park station in service on the 404 EAST YORK community route. James Bow snapped this photo on March 12, 2013.

The TTC and its Advisory Committee on Accessible Transportation (ACAT) want to hear from you on how to improve access to the TTC for people with disabilities.

The annual Public Forum on Accessible Transit takes place Wednesday, September 16 from 6 until 9 p.m. in the Allstream Centre, 105 Princes’ Boulevard, in Exhibition Place. TTC commissioners and staff and ACAT members will be on hand to hear from you about the accessibility of conventional TTC and door-to-door Wheel-Trans public transit services in Toronto. Let them know how they can make the TTC system accessible for everyone.

The TTC is dedicating the first hour of the event, from 6 until 7 p.m., to let you speak one-on-one with TTC staff and ACAT members.

The open public forum starts at 7 p.m. and continues until 9 p.m. During this part of the meeting, participants will discuss previous public forum concerns and how the TTC has addressed them. They’ll also review new service initiatives and provide you an opportunity to let the TTC know about your concerns or suggestions for improving accessible transit.

To help you get to and from the event, the TTC is operating an accessible shuttle bus from Bathurst Station, starting at 5 p.m. Buses return to Bathurst Station, starting at 9 p.m. You can also ride regular accessible streetcars along the 509 Harbourfront line (not all cars may be accessible). Exit the cars at Strachan Avenue to walk to the Allstream Centre.

The TTC will arrange for American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters, captioning and attendants to be available for the meeting.

If you can’t attend, but would like to suggest ways to improve the TTC regular and Wheel-Trans services, call 416-393-3030 (TTY [teletypewriter] 416-338-0357) Mondays to Fridays, from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. You can also participate in a survey.

Whether you attend or not, you can also follow what happens at the event on Twitter, using the hashtag #TTCAccess.