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Variety Village appears no closer to getting a bus stop near its front door

Ford promised immediate action,
starting with a pledge to call a TTC manager

by Mike Adler

Rob Ford was true to his word, but Scarborough’s Variety Village appears no closer to getting a bus stop near its front door.

The Danforth Avenue facility tried for years to convince the TTC it deserves a stop. Then two months ago, Variety hosted mayoral candidates at a debate.

Ford promised immediate action at the debate, starting with a pledge to call a TTC manager the next day.

Last week, Variety CEO John Willson said that’s more or less what Ford did.

The TTC responded with a letter suggesting Variety, next door to Birchmount Collegiate, already gets adequate service.

Willson said he would disagree: many Variety members, including people who are elderly or blind, don’t qualify for Wheel-Trans, and the closest regular TTC stop is blocks away at Birchmount Road.

There’s another stop on Kingston Road, but TTC riders must travel a mud path, “completely inaccessible for people with even a moderate disability,” to reach Variety Village, Willson said.

Now that Ford’s the mayor-elect, Variety will keep raising the issue with both him and the TTC, hoping the Birchmount bus can be brought to Variety’s door and loop back to rejoin its route, he added.




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