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New Access Features Make TTC Travel Easier

Attention News Editors:

TORONTO, Sept. 18 /CNW/ - With the official opening Friday, 
September 19, of the Queen Station elevator, people using mobility
aids such as wheelchairs or canes will have access to five subway 
stations. When the elevator installation plan is complete in 2003,
a total of 24 stations will be accessible.

TTC Chair Paul Christie and Bill Brown, Chair of the TTC Advisory 
Committee on Accessible Transit, will cut a ribbon officially 
opening the subway elevator at Queen Station. In addition, they'll
introduce a new elevator status information phone number and 
distribute brochures on easier access to the TTC's conventional 
transit.

Committee member Linda Hatfull will take the first official ride 
in the new elevator.

Other elevators located at Downsview, Bloor-Yonge, Union, Queen 
and Spadina carry customers from street level to the train 
platform. A new phone number - 539-LIFT - lets TTC elevator riders
check on the operating status of elevators before they begin their
journey.

The brochure, Access, gives customers using mobility aids tips on 
riding conventional TTC vehicles such as lift buses or T1 
subway-cars. By 1999, 216 T1 subway cars with wider doors, clear 
centre aisles and lock-in positions for wheelchairs will operate 
on the subway.

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Who:     TTC Chair Paul Christie, and Bill Brown and 
         Linda Hatfull, of the TTC Advisory Committee on 
         Accessible Transit
What:    Ribbon cutting on new elevator and first official ride by
         Ms. Hatfull.
Where:   Queen Subway Station, northbound platform
When:    10:30 a.m. Friday, September 19

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



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