Make GO Transit Long Branch Accessible for Everyone by 2018
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There are 64 GO Train Stations across Ontario and MIMICO and LONG BRANCH are two of five that STILL DON'T have basic ACCESSIBILITY features, i.e. ramps and/or elevators, no accessible route off the platform. I have young children who are still in the stroller and so do many other parents in my neighbourhood, Go Transit is the only mean of transport in the area for us that is under 20 mins to downtown, but it is such a disappointment ... I cannot use it because it is not accessible.
Long Branch Area is packed with families with young children, elderly and people with disabilities. We are in more need for accessible transit than anyone else and still, Metrolinx thinks it is not that important! Metrolinx planned to have all of the train stations upgraded by 2016, but didn't keep its promise, that was put on hold until 2025 as if this is something not that important. When you look through their budget plan for the upcoming year you can see that the funding priority shifts towards modernization and look upgrade of the existing stations that are already accessible. Every year they are upgrading something in the Union station as if this the only station they have in Ontario.
What is the matter with you Go Transit? There is an obvious gap in your budget planning... Wake up! Accessibility should be the first priority.
Articles from 2011 and 2016 (it is 7 years almost) on that same issue and still no changes:
2016 Article in CBC News http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/accessibility-gotrain-metrolinx-toronto-wheelchair-1.3833712
2011 Article in The Star https://www.thestar.com/news/city_hall/2012/12/30/able_to_get_on_the_go_wheelchair_user_struggles_to_get_off.html
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