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    Accessibility is a RIGHT, not a nice to have.

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  1. Hey everyone. So the discussion on the accessibility of the new Nova Buses in Toronto, had me wanting to reply, as a full time user of a power wheelchair (as of 2012) & as a daily user of the TTC (not Wheeltrans) I want to give you all a thought from an actual user. I vastly prefer the Novabus design. From the much better ramp design, to the wider door opening, the navigation from the doors to either one of the wheelchair accessible spots, its far superior, to any other design that is in TTC's fleet, (even better than my beloved D40LF'S). The one thing I love most about the design, the ability to have a grab bar, on the back of the seat, instead of having to hold the nasty seat, where ppl have their rear-end. I prefer the ride experience also, with the Orion buses, any of them, right from the 74xx all the way to the newest models, a person in a mobility device, can feel every single bump, pothole, jerking movement, it feels like there is literally zero suspension. With the Novabus design, it's a lot more comfortable, a lot less jarring & physically painful to many ppl in wheelchairs. Cheers. .. I forgot to mention.. I am much faster getting on/off Novabus's than any other model also, being visually impaired, makes it interesting, but all in all, yeah, way faster. I don't get stuck on the 'lip' at the front near fare box either, the Orion design, has a horrible lip, it's tough especially if you have small front casters or if it's wet or snowy at all.
  2. I was thinking the same, the new livery is not needed, at all, what is, is route management, service increases & an overnight bus network, even 2 routes would be ok.. Sweet pics, Thanks for posting.. I'm glad it was opened for DOH.
  3. Any news on accessible buses for MB? I've not had time since moving back to Ontario to keep an eye on the situation.. I've been hired to do more accessibility work, so have been focusing on that. Sent from my ALCATEL ONE TOUCH 6040A using Tapatalk
  4. Re: undercover boss TTC episode, Karen is no longer TTC chair, as of January's commission MTG, she resigned, to focus on running for mayor. Sent from my ALCATEL ONE TOUCH 6040A using Tapatalk
  5. We are in Kingston rd/Lawrence area, have great bus service on the 86/305, but morningside 116 is awful, as is the 54. 116 are so packed at times we can't get on with my wheelchair, so have to wait 2-3 buses go by before one can pick us up. Drivers on the 86 are incredible. Living near a Go Station is very handy too. Sent from my ALCATEL ONE TOUCH 6040A using Tapatalk
  6. from what i was told by some supervisor & driver friends that,yeah, they only wanted to "pause" the buses, wait out the worst of the winds & snow, but, not remove all service in any way, but the storm just got so bad, with drivers reporting near jackknifing of several of the artics, the decision was made, to shut down, it was really confirmed when police advised them that they, themselves were even having issues, it became a serious safety issue, so buses were pulled at that point.. I personally know of 12 people that were stranded by this, one of my close friends was at work, she is legally blind & ended up without enough food for her guide dog, she didnt make it home till the next day, but she was a lucky one, as she works very close to one of the major hotels, & her boss sent all 19 staff to stay in the hotel. another guy I know, is mentally challenged he worked at the sobey's I used to live near & use a lot, we got to be great friends, (he loved helping us in the store, to find stuff) he was nearly stranded, but took it upon himself to try to walk home (he lives about a 25 minute walk away, & does the walk all the time in good weather) he was reported as missing, by his over anxious family, (he got a ride with a friend who works at the Burger King near the store, when they saw him walking on Main Street) Another very close friend, works at the motel on Windmill, she lives about a 30 min walk from work, mostly uphill, she put out on FB that she was planning on trying the walk home in the middle of the storm, I called her right away & told her what I saw on the webcams & what driver friends had told me about the conditions, I also told her that if she did, she was crazy, & was risking her life for no good reason, she finally 25 minutes later after a barrage of messages from friends on her FB stayed at work, slept there that night, did her next shift thwn went home, on a nice warm 51/53.. My old area was in really bad shape, the 10's stopped going up into the westphal (kennedy, Calidonia/Iverly/Strath) area early on in the storm, due to the whiteouts, severe drifting of snow & ice, as well as the 54, both were turned back at main & woodlawn, it was crazy bad, one of my friends was driving the route, (thats how I knew it was bad, as he sent me pics with his iphone.) I heard on FB, from several friends & saw pictures,of various areas, as well as checking out the various webcams, that it was bad, but one tweet from a close friend, made me realize how bad it was, ("sitting here at the loop, cant see the water, cant see the end of the parking lot") he was on the 9. So yeah, it was definitely warranted of pulling ALL service, I really think that MT did ok, by all the tweets, mentions on the local radio, & as well as the 311 service actually had a few brains this time. (yeah, I loathe 311, due to many issues) its amazing news, so glad it passed, I know before I left that I had spoken extensively with Jennifer, Gloria, Mike, & several others, also had attended every MT public session I could, as well as all the accessibility meetings & all the ATAC meetings till I quit, as well as many open sessions afterwords.. even comparing the maps of where transit is, & the base HRM maps, you really see what a sadly designed system it really is, I'm hoping to keep in touch as I have been with many of the people I got to know in HRM, in city hall & beyond, as I LOVE HRM, I miss the Darkside horribly & its a very special place to me. Both the AVAS & the Counting system are desperately needed, I think after the uproar those of us on ATAC & members of the blind community created as well as the deaf community, we really kicked some heads rolling at the accessibility meetings, also when Mr Savage got on board & after CNIB got its collective head outta its rear-end & with the AEBC, CCB & NFB chapters got EXTREMELY vocal & demanded Council deal with the situation BEFORE 2015 (that was the original test start date) we really got councils attention & approval & dedicated funding. I say we, because it took over 70 blind people calling, tweeting, emailing & literally slapping council members up the side of their collective heads verbally, to get get anything done, we figured out that the new head of MT operations, didnt care, his attitude as well as his chief route/schedule planner, were so apathetic, that we knew they weren't going to do squat, so we went over them.. I worked on this right up until I left, even after getting back to ontario, I have not let up, have kept very closely in touch with many in the advocacy realm in HRM, as we have to fight for decent transit & to stop the absurd mentality that transit is just for the 'needy' in society,. With the deeply entrenched car culture in HRM, its gonna be a long fight, but those of us that are disabled & love HRM & rely on transit everyday, are more than up for it. Blame the lack of caring on the ""must have car"" & Car Culture attitude of most in the HRM, & the Maritimes in general. want proof, look at the way transit HQ is for the most part, look at many other transit systems, look at the length of strikes, look at the super laid back attitude & the 'oh well, someone else will do it, mentality of most bus passengers & disabled people in the Maritimes, I saw it constantly, it drove me NUTS, to have so little fight in people, so little want to make things better.. I got so pissed off, hearing people in HRM & the Maritimes, whine that they never got fair treatment by the feds, or by the rest of the country, never got equal funding for stuff or lost so many jobs, its BECAUSE they never got off their collective rear-ends, & really fought for their rights & needs, nor do they have the killer instinct, that they need to succeed, people & governments are NOT going to just hand you things, you have to go out there & FIGHT FOR WHAT YOU WANT! I got called a B*%^& so many times, because I was not willing to bend over & take it up the rear, I fought every step of the way, for everything we got, everything I needed, I never just laid back & let the world use me as a punching bag, there is NO reason for the people of the Maritimes & the people of Dartmouth, to do it either, so many times I heard people say, "i cant change what then government does to us, we cant fight alberta for the jobs we are losing, our economy is going to crap, we are too small to fight the west & ontario," oh hell no, you arent, I asked people if they truly cared about NS, or did they just want to end up like another detroit.. cause with a poor me. woe is me attitude, its going to happen. I love NS & the HRM, but especially Dartmouth, with every ounce of my soul, its truly changed me, in ways I cant explain, it is my "HOME", when I die, I want to be buried there, I love Nova Scotia, with so much passion that it hurt like hell to leave.
  7. You might find this document interesting, its a long read, but the in-depth details of it will likely give you a good idea of the internal stuff & transit planning at HSR.. Full IBI Report of HSR Services
  8. I know of about 7 operators on the roads the day of the blizzard, 3 of them were stranded, with ppl on their bus, but ppl all got to their destinations, I still keep in touch with many of my driver friends from Halifax. many pictures were posted on my FB, by bus driver friends & other friends in HFX/Dart, as well as I still follow Haligonia & The Coast.. I am glad that NSCC & DAL closed, as I know several friends who are disabled, who attend either one. my friend got stranded at work, it was a motel on Windmill, they were nice enough to let all the workers without cars to stay overnight.
  9. so, the HSR is changing the front route signage, its screwing those with low vision, which is pissing me off, as well as many other people here with low-vision, instead of the large number having the A as in 1A KING, its going to be just the 1, with 1A details in small print.. https://www.hamilton.ca/NR/rdonlyres/7D5E68B4-343C-4077-9E7E-4275A75E2221/0/2013WebDestinationSigns.pdf Also routing of the 5E is discontinuing.. & 5B is finally, officially DEAD. Just got the Details from a close friend who read the BUS NEWS to me, as the one online is a picture, (yes a PDF, but not properly formatted so that screenreaders can access the information, it is basically a scanned document.) As usual, CNIB has done nothing to fight for its clients, at times I wonder why they even exist.
  10. If we are going to get into political discussion, why dont we take it where it belongs ----> http://www.cptdb.ca/index.php?showforum=42
  11. didnt see the one thing I wanted, more weekend service on the 16, coming back from York U to Hamilton GO at night also is a frustrating sideshow of hell.
  12. I know of at least 45 ppl, in that position, some are at QSY, birch, MTD, Malvern, Russell, Roncy, Wilson sub.. The new contract process is looking from the inside to be a messy affair. my friends are going nuts, my bff, has had ppl on his run, several times in the last few months, before he was lucky if he got 1 a year.
  13. wow, didnt know the canadian was shorter than The Ocean.
  14. Yep, I (& others) have been fighting for past few years to get them accessible.. Drivers whined for several years about scheduling of the train meets, stating that it would take too long to load/unload wheelchairs to be able to keep on time.. We fought the union, fought GO Transit, in the end had to threaten human rights court action, to get anything done about it.
  15. Does this affect Columbia College students.. I see them all the time haggling with bus drivers, claiming to have 'forgotten' their pass at the dorm or claiming a language barrier to understanding that they have to pay regular fare when they dont have their pass.
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