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Proposed Accessible Transportation for Persons with Disabilities Regulations now published in Part I of the Canada Gazette

The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) today announced that its proposed Accessible Transportation for Persons with Disabilities Regulations (ATPDR) are now published in Part I of the Canada Gazette for public review and comment.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/proposed-accessible-transportation-for-persons-with-disabilities-regulations-now-published-in-part-i-of-the-canada-gazette/

Cost, Demand for DARTS Accessible Transit Service Continues to Grow

Mayor Fred Eisenberger wants to see city staff compare the cost of DARTS to accessible transit services in other municipalities.

The request followed a presentation by the DARTS’ CEO and executive director at Monday’s general issues committee meeting where he said the budget and demand for the door-to-door transportation service continue to rise.

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https://aoda.ca/cost-demand-for-darts-accessible-transit-service-continues-to-grow/

Snow Causing Accessibility Issues in North Bay

A woman in North Bay is sharing her frustration about problems she’s facing with accessible sidewalks and bus stops with the city.

Butterfly Beth Fields uses a wheelchair to get around and says many of the stops in her area aren’t shoveled out, making it difficult for her and other riders facing similar challenges to board the bus.

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https://aoda.ca/snow-causing-accessibility-issues-in-north-bay/

Accessible Transportation for Colleges, Universities, and Hospitals in Ontario

Under the Transportation Standard of the AODA, colleges, universities, and hospitals that offer transportation services around or between their campuses must make those services accessible upon request. Accessible transportation for colleges, universities, and hospitals applies to all…

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https://aoda.ca/accessible-transportation-for-colleges-universities-and-hospitals-in-ontario/

Increased Demand for Specialized Transit

The Transportation Standard of the AODA has numerous rules mandating how specialized transportation providers must operate. Many of these rules play an important role in ensuring that travellers with disabilities have equal opportunities to move around their communities. However, in practice, some specialized transportation providers are unable to obey a few of the transportation standard’s regulations. Increased demand for specialized transit makes it more difficult for providers to follow the standard’s guidelines regarding bookings and hours of service.

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https://aoda.ca/increased-demand-for-specialized-transit/

Specialized Transportation in Ontario

Under the Transportation Standard of the AODA, specialized transportation providers must make their services accessible to passengers with disabilities. Here we will outline how people use specialized transportation in Ontario and describe some of the rules that make these services a valuable alternative to conventional transit.

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https://aoda.ca/specialized-transportation-in-ontario/

Uber enlists outside help to improve wheelchair-accessible rides

It’s aiming to keep wait times down to 15 minutes or less

Uber has found itself in hot water multiple times over its lack of wheelchair-accessible vehicles (WAVs), and now it’s teaming up with another company in order to better serve passengers with disabilities. It’s partnering with MV Transportation, a company that provides paratransit services across the US and Canada, and is bringing MV Transportation’s WAV fleet to eight cities.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/uber-enlists-outside-help-to-improve-wheelchair-accessible-rides/

Sydney Woman With Disabilities Said She Was Carried on Air Canada Jet

A Sydney woman said she recently took the jet as a start to an exciting vacation but because they had no proper means of boarding a passenger with disabilities she was carried aboard, which was humiliating and dangerous.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/sydney-woman-with-disabilities-said-she-was-carried-on-air-canada-jet/

The New York City Subway’s Accessibility Problem

Broken elevators, muffled announcements, a lack of Braille the transit system can be commuting chaos for riders with disabilities

With 472 stations in total, the New York City subway is one of the largest rapid transit systems in the world. It’s also one of the least accessible: Only 25 percent of the stations are designated wheelchair accessible, the lowest rate of wheelchair accessibility for any heavy rail system in the U.S.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/the-new-york-city-subways-accessibility-problem/

Wheelchair Users Sue Orioles Over Camden Yards Accessibility

BALTIMORE Three wheelchair users are suing the Baltimore Orioles over accessibility at Camden Yards.

News outlets report the lawsuit filed Friday against the team and the Maryland Stadium Authority says each plaintiff has been stuck in a wheelchair lift while trying to get to their seats. And the view from lower-level wheelchair-accessible seats is obstructed whenever fans stand up.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/wheelchair-users-sue-orioles-over-camden-yards-accessibility/