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City to Expand Service Area for Handy-Transit

By Len Gillis
Thursday, February 22, 2018

Handy-Transit service in Timmins will be provided to a wider area of Timmins, but also at a higher cost. In view of the fact that taxi companies in the city have not provided any accessible taxicabs, the city has decided to offer a pay-as-you-go Handy-Transit service to remote and rural areas of the city, with fares running as high as $30.

Be My Eyes and Moovit Join Forces to Make Public Transit More Accessible

Jan 29, 2018

Public transit is an integral part of urban metropolitan areas and relied upon by millions of citizens. Blind or low vision transit riders are frequently uncertain that they’ve caught the right train or that the bus they’re waiting for will take them where they need to be. Be My Eyes and Moovit want to challenge obstacles relating to vision and access to make traveling individually with public transit more accessible for blind and visually impaired people.

Group Questions LRT Accessibility for Visually Impaired

Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians meeting with city officials Monday CBC News Posted: Jan 29, 2018

The Ottawa chapter of the Alliance for the Equality of Blind Canadians is concerned Ottawa’s new LRT trains won’t be easily accessible for visually impaired riders.

Just when Ottawa’s new light rail system will be up and running remains an open question, but some blind and visually impaired transit users are already raising concerns the trains won’t be properly equipped to meet their needs.

Pickering Asks Durham Region Transit for Changes to Accessible Services

Jan 24, 2018
by Kristen Calis
Pickering News Advertiser

Better customer service is one of the improvements the Pickering accessibility advisory committee and Pickering council would like to see regarding Durham Region Transit’s treatment of people with disabilities and seniors.

Having been endorsed by council, a letter will be sent to Durham regional councillors asking them to collectively explore with DRT opportunities to improve its policies, procedures and practices to align itself better with values of the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

TTC Posts $73M Budget Surplus Due to Drop in Wheel-Trans Demand, Clampdown on Benefits Fraud

Advocate for people with disabilities says entire surplus should go to making TTC more accessible By Philip Lee-Shanok, CBC News Posted: Jan 13, 2018

A lower than forecast demand for Wheel-Trans to get around the city has resulted in a subsidy surplus for the TTC. Half a million fewer rides translated into $15 million in savings.