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  1. I did a deputation on this topic at the commission meeting. I mentioned several safety & accessibility issues with the Proterras, the way the wheelchair spaces are designed, it’s literally an afterthought.
  2. I wish TTC would figure out a better way of cleaning the wheelchair ramps on buses, my goodness, so many lately are so clogged with debris & dirt that they are getting stuck & not working properly. (mainly buses from MT.D, Eglinton, Arrow rd.) The operators in my area, lately have just shrugged & taken off, not even bothered to use J-Hooks, I have inquired about this (C.S) & have been told that drivers are still supposed to use JHooks, unless medically unable, same basic comments from Union Reps. Yes, I’m venting, Yes, I’m annoyed, but it’s frustrating to have to deal with this when trying to get to work, on a daily basis, it’s 3 buses to my FT, job, it’s a frontline worker position (at a hospital) & because I can get called at last minute, or have to stay late, it’s not even at all feasible to use Wheeltrans. Have noticed that it’s usually Orion buses with the issue, not the Nova LFS’s, not the NFI’s.
  3. Living where I do now, I like seeing the complete mashup that has become MTD, also the E-Buses, are being stored outside on a regular basis there. the 10xx are regularly seen on 32, but have ventured over to the 89, 35 & 29 ( I used to think that the 29 was a slinky & Nova only zone) #71/77 have always been interlinked in some way, it’s actually not odd that they are at QSY, they are definitely not the farthest east routed for QSY either.
  4. @drum118 unfortunately, only Transit55 is showing actual service issues, Transit app, has & is the ONLY app, that actually shows the screwed up times. I lived on the 26/76 for the entire time I lived in Mississauga ( moved back to Toronto, 1 month ago- glad I did) The MiWay drivers I got to know on those 2 routes, absolutely HATE the routing to Islington-Kipling , most are pissed that they don’t just do the 76 routing from Burnhamthorpe & Westmall, the only reason they don’t, & still service Islington is the whiny/lazy ppl that still DEMAND service to Islington, it’s slated to be reviewed after 6 months of Kipling terminal being opened, (ridership is ridiculously low along that stretch even now.) (I still work in Mississauga, so still will be using MiWay) @Gil I’ll miss running into you, I met a lot of fellow transit ‘geeks’ while living in Mississauga, several actually are in Brampton also! Thank You for your comments, they mean a lot, I’ll be on here from time to time, I don’t have a lot of ‘spare’ time anymore (working full time, mainly 12hr shifts) I still have friends who are MiWay & Brampton Transit ops, as I still work in Mississauga, after covid, I’ll be a daily rider again.. #MiwayAccessibility The terminal at Westwood won’t change anytime soon, as it’s considered a ‘regional hub’ as 3 systems have buses that go there, MiWay/Brampton Transit had asked the regional accessibility committee for input on a couple of proposed redesign ideas (very early sketches), I was a volunteer on this project, as they know I’m a full time conventional system user (unlike most of the Mississauga AAC members). I no longer am on the committee, but still have (friends) within city hall, so will keep an eyeball on this. @drum118 just a heads up, the terminal redesign at DVM, is on hold indefinitely, due to recent massive condo development proposals. IMO it’s a horrible terminal (major accessibility issues) but as it’s on private property, that’s part of the proposal, it may not exist in 3-5yrs. I’m keeping an eyeball on it too, as that mall is kinda special to me.
  5. I’ve been working with Metrolinx in many ways, over the last 20yrs. (As you know well) Some things.. Port Credit: NONE of the shelters on track level are wheelchair accessible, never have been, won’t be until reconstruction is completed. (during construction, the way out for ppl in wheelchairs is a massive maze, especially from MIWAY & when main station is closed ) Elevators are far past their lifespan, have been since 2011, glass blocks in front are constantly breaking & it’s a huge tripping hazard. Aldershot: it’s not even properly AODA compliant, especially stairs & wayfinding between buses & trains. Cookesville: Have been working with Metrolinx for a long time on this station, many issues, many accessibility issues & it’s a damm joke. Dixie: doors on shelters (accessibility buttons) are constantly being broken by able bodied people KICKING the buttons & slamming doors ( Motors, buttons, are getting destroyed) New USBT: So many issues, omg, even the ‘elevator’ from Scotiabank Centre to bus Bridge to NEW USBT is not even able to lift large Power Wheelchairs, nor can most Medical Mobility scooters fit at all. The bus terminal itself has a lot of issues too! (Ok I could go on, but I’m not, because the accessibility issues with Metrolinx could fill a massive book.) ON TO KIPLING.. NONE of the accessibility committees were allowed access to do final walk through last year, (blamed on COVID) nothing has been even discussed with either AAC at metrolinx nor the cities of Mississauga or Toronto. (I’m on 2 committees that SHOULD have been deeply involved!, but we haven’t had updates since FALL 2019!) Kipling GO, doesn’t have wheelchair accessible shelters on train platform & platform is NOT level, will have to be totally replaced within 5yrs. AODA standards were not even followed, especially in Tunnel, wayfinding (outside path) I listed over 70 issues. (I spoke with several high ranking ppl while there, did a 38 page report, with over 40 photos.) Have seen/ridden on it, deadhead from CPG to SQ1/City Hall, was also on it as a photo shoot & accessibility features review last week. sweet ride & new bus smells are awesome! http://transit55.com/Mississauga is your friend. nerdy, very very nerdy. (MiWay, Brampton, Hamilton are all on it) hope your doing well @newflyerinvero good to see you out here.
  6. As well as finally getting ‘wheelchair parking spots’ no more getting stuck in doorways!
  7. Thanks for the update. I’m missing my hometown so bad, but might be moving back in the next year or so, as my employer is moving to Hamilton (Amazon)
  8. Has anyone seen a good photo of the wheelchair area on the coaches used on The Canadian? I’m settling an argument between train nerd friends...
  9. The new Nova’s also will have the redesigned QStraint wheelchair restraints, (they look a lot alike, the changes are inside the devices themselves)
  10. #KiplingTerminal a few pics. I did a full 3hr intensive Accessibility Audit at the Kipling Terminal on opening morning (545am-845am) it has a lot of issues. posted a few pics, but didn’t want to use huge amounts of site storage, so just posted 3 of about 75 that I took. I’m working deeply with City of Mississauga & MiWay, on Accessibility issues. After having in-depth discussion with with MiWay & Metrolinx staff, found out that none of them, bothered to access the knowledge of any of the 3 area Accessibility Advisory committees, due to Covid, and unfortunately, it shows. over 35 issues were found, upper level staff of both MiWay & Metrolinx were present on opening day & were advised, some even asked to have me walk them around & show major issues.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
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