Photo by Helen Lee

Photo by Helen Lee

The Advisory Committee on Accessible Transit (ACAT) is making it easier for all riders to take the bus.  They have created “Accessibility Flashcards”.

To explain the Accessibility Flashcards, I interviewed Marian McDonell.  She is an ACAT member who also sits on their Communications Subcommittee.

Why were the Accessibility Flashcards created?
All TTC buses are equipped with a ramp at the front door, and have the ability to “kneel”, or lower the bus floor.  It’s another way to indicate to an operator and riders that the bus needs lowering, or that the ramp needs to be deployed.

Who can use them?
Anyone who feels they can benefit from the use of the kneeling feature or ramp may request they be activated. These features can assist people who:

  • Use wheelchairs or scooters.
  • Use other mobility aids, such as walkers, crutches or canes.
  • Would benefit from using a ramp, such as seniors or people with strollers.

How are they meant to be used?
As the bus is slowing down, show the Accessible Flashcard with the side you want the operator to see.  For example, if you want the ramp, show the “Please lower ramp” side.  The operator can then deploy the ramp before riders get on the bus.  Also, other riders at the bus stop will know what’s happening.

Where can they be found?
The Accessible Flashcards are available at TTC Customer Service at 1900 Yonge Street (Davisville subway station), or by calling TTC Customer Service at 416-393-3030.

Responses have been edited for length and clarity.

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