New TTC and GO stations difficult, dangerous for people with disabilities, advocacy group says in new video

Posted
May 16, 2018
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Toronto Star

Toronto's subway and train stations, including the TTC's newest, have design flaws that can make travelling difficult or dangerous for people with disabilities, according to a new video that illustrates the problems. 

In a 30-minute video released Tuesday, David Lepofsky, the chair of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance, demonstrates various problems at Union Station, some of the new TTC stations on Line 1 and some GO stations.

At Union Station, Lepofsky, who is blind, shows how a person walking with a white cane can hit their head on angled pillars on the train platforms. At Bloor GO Station, he points out gaps in the "tactile walking surface indicators" -- the bumpy parts of the platform that let blind people know that they're close to the edge. At the new York University TTC station, he notes only one entrance has an elevator -- and on that elevator the braille is mislabelled and confusing, he says, pointing out how the button for the ground floor reads "main."

"Accessibility requirements are inadequately enforced," Lepofsky says in the video, adding that he thinks the province's Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) doesn't go far enough.

"If you're going to design a building, do it in a way that everyone can use it," Lepofsky told the Star. "Everybody gets a disability eventually, if you get older."

Stuart Green, a spokesperson for the TTC, said some of Lepofsky's observations are known to the TTC and are being addressed, but the video raised new concerns.

"Mr. Lepofsky's analysis has raised a few issues regarding the new stations of which we were previously unaware and which will be reviewed by TTC staff for correction or improvement," he said.

"The TTC is fully committed to meeting or exceeding AODA requirements."

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