In response to letters from our members and supporters, and an open letter from Bill Adair, municipal candidates provided email replies on their committments to TTC Accessibility, listed below.
TTC Accessibility: Candidates Reply
I believe that it is very important to move forward with accessibility to ALL stations. Being involved in construction we worked on numerous projects to retro fit buildings like banks and office buildings. I would be in favour and vote for speeding up the process to get it done. I hope this helps in with your decision. If you have any other questions please let me know.
Thank you very much for your email and inquiry. I support allocating more funds to making the TTC stations accessible. When I worked for the former Councillor, I advocated for the community to make Old Mill Station accessible.
I would like to see Council support building a downtown relief line and will advocate to ensure all the new stations are accessible as well.
Thank you very much for writing in. Unfortunately, it's very late in the game and I cannot get any other policy commitments on the table. I wish you had brought this to me earlier as I could have done more. I can tell you that Olivia has made her support of accelerating and increasing funding to the TTC for station upgrades.
Here is what we've said in the past on this issue:
Good morning Bill,
This is a good question and thank you. It is difficult to give a definitive answer without a clear understanding of the TTC budget and what measures are in place now to accommodate those with disabilities.
What measures does TTC take (e.g. Wheel Trans) to enable the disables to get subway access not, even if not at the immediate desired station. For example, if Islington is inaccessible, does the TTC enable transport to Royal York or Kipling, which are also close by?
John F Campbell
Dear Mr. Adair,
Yes, Alejandra would support this initiative.
Yes I support your position.
Thank you for your email. Please be advised I have forwarded your email to Councillor Ford's communication team and I am hopeful they will be in touch with you.
Should you have further questions or concerns, please feel free to let me know and I will do my best to assist you.
Assistant to Councillor Ford
Ward 2, Etobicoke North
Councillor Davis'assistants at the City Hall office forwarded your email to our campaign office. Janet believes that all TTC stations and vehicles need to be made accessable. She is very pleased that accessibility upgrades are underway at the the remaining two stations in the ward. When this work is complete all four of the TTC stations in Ward 31 will be made accessible. She also voted in support of the new accessible streetcars and buses.
Thank you very much for sending this to me. Please find my answers below.
If elected, will you support a motion to accelerate the pace of retrofitting TTC stations and dedicate funding in the TTC capital budget for accessibility of all remaining stations?
If elected I will absolutely support a motion to that affect. Further to that I will work to ensure that any new vehicles purchased by the TTC are fully accessible so that they are usable for everyone.
Yes, Olivia Chow supports making the TTC more accessible—she always has!
In an interview with the March of Dimes Olivia talked about several of her plans to make the city a place for all. Here is what Olivia said: “I’d make it very clear that people, in wheelchairs or other people with disabilities, are valued and equal members of our community.” Olivia is committed to an accessible city and services, and will invest to make things so.
Thanks for your email. Yes, Paula does support accelerating the pace of retrofitting TTC stations for accessibility.
Thank you kindly for your e-mail regarding TTC accessibility. Affordable, accessible and reliable transit for every neighbourhood should be one of Council’s top priorities to ensure a better quality of life for Toronto residents. Access and equity is a vital component of transit planning and has been a focus of mine in my first term of Council. I fully support the development of a Policy Framework for Toronto Transit Fare Equity and am committed to seeing it created by the end of 2015.
Yes, I do agree that the acceleration on the work and required funding to meet accessibility goals for all subway stations and RT stations must be achieved. I strongly support this necessary work and will support motions at both TTC Commission meetings and City Council as soon as thr new Council is in place and within the 3 month period suggested. This initiative is of the highest priority.