TTC doubles number of elevators for easier access

TORONTO, Jan. 24 /CNW/ - With the official opening of elevators at

five key subway stations between January 24 and February 11, people with disabilities or those using mobility aids such as wheelchairs and canes will have street-to-platform elevator access to 10 subway stations. Ribbon cutting ceremonies will be held at St. George, Bathurst, Kennedy, Finch and Kipling stations. Currently, elevators are located at Queen, Downsview, Bloor-Yonge, Union and Spadina stations. The first opening, a joint ceremony for two stations, St. George and Bathurst, takes place today, Monday, January 24 at 2 p.m. The ceremony begins with a ribbon cutting at St. George Station and concludes with a second ribbon cutting at Bathurst Station. The official party including local Councillors, TTC Commissioners and representatives of the TTC’s Advisory Committee on Accessible Transit will travel by subway between stations. The official party includes Councillors Joe Pantalone, Mario Silva and Ila Bossons; TTC Commissioners Chris Korwin-Kuczynski, Joe Mihevc and David Miller; and members of the TTC’s Advisory Committee on Accessible Transit Bill Brown and Roger Roberts. TTC Chief General Manager Rick Ducharme will also attend. Early in February, the other three elevators will be officially opened at Kennedy (February 7, 2 p.m.); Finch Station (February 8, 10 a.m.) and Kipling Station (February 11, 2 p.m.).

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What:    Open first two elevators in series of five, at subway 
         stations
Who:     Elected Officials and people with disabilities cut the 
         ribbon
Why:     Five additional elevators will increase accessible subway
         stations to 10 from 5
Where:   St. George Station, Bedford Road and Bloor Street
When:    Today, 2 p.m., Monday, January 24

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For further information: Marilyn Bolton, Media Relations, (416) 393-3741




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