February 26, 2016
I was honoured to accept an award on behalf of the TTC from the Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons in recognition of our work in making the TTC fully accessible at a special event just a few weeks ago.
Every year, the foundation holds a gala evening to recognize the work of individuals and companies in the cause of accessibility.
The citation for the TTC award noted the progress that it has made in recent years in making our bus fleet accessible, in the rollout of low-floor, accessible streetcars, and in progressively retrofitting existing subway stations with elevators, automatic doors and other accessibility features.
The TTC is fortunate to have as its partner, the knowledgeable and passionate Advisory Committee for Accessible Transit (ACAT) to help guide our progress in making the TTC fully accessible by 2025.
ACAT advocates on behalf of customers who can’t fully access the conventional transit system. It seemed fitting, therefore, to invite the Chair of ACAT, Mazin Aribi, to join me in accepting the award.
It is not an easy task to retrofit old stations that were built in another era. But as I said in my acceptance speech, the TTC will only be truly able to meet its vision of a transit system that makes Toronto proud when it is accessible to all, an objective we are determined – and on target – to meet.
Today, February 26, marks 50 years since the public opening of the original Bloor-Danforth Subway from Keele to Woodbine Stations. The original Line 2 was 12.9 kilometres and had 20 subway stations. An estimated half-million people rode the line on its first day.
On May 11 1968, Line 2 was extended to Islington Station in the west and Warden Station in the east. Kipling and Kennedy Stations opened in 1980.
See photos of the construction and history of Line 2 by following the hashtag #TTCBD50 on Facebook.
The TTC will conduct overhead wire and electrical work inside the Spadina Station streetcar tunnel this weekend, February 27 and 28.
The 510/317 Spadina streetcar will divert using College St. and Bathurst St. to Bathurst Station.
A shuttle bus will operate on Spadina Ave. between Queen St. W. and Spadina Station.
PRESTO card users will need to use tokens or cash if riding a shuttle bus, as TTC buses are not yet equipped with PRESTO.
Regular service will resume at 5 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.
Name: Elizabeth Cius
Position: Collector - Bloor/Yonge Station
Years of Service: 17
Wi-Fi expanding to more stations
TCONNECT Wi-Fi is now available at Main Street, Landsdowne, Old Mill, High Park and Dupont stations.
A full rollout across the subway system will happen in 2017.
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