James Tidwell May 10, 2018
Please Offer Me A Seat: TTC’s Initiative To Help Disabled Passengers

TTC announced the launch of helping buttons for passengers in trains and buses. This button will work as a solution for passengers with visible & invisible disabilities and in need of a seat on a priority basis.

Stuart Green, the TTC spokesperson, informed on Tuesday the launch of helping button. The facility will start from May 8, 2018. The intention of introducing this button is to allow people to self-identify their requirement of a seat. It will help passengers with visible and invisible disabilities.

Green also declared that the company is designing the cards for people with disabilities. He asserted that it is their corporate plan strategy, which will improve the accessibility on the TTC. These buttons will allow people to have a comfortable traveling on conventional transportation systems.

TTC’s Advisory Committee worked out on the accessible transit to bring the concept into reality. This model was already successful in the cities such as New York and London. It has grabbed the attention of and appreciation from the passengers.

To avail this facility the passenger needs to wear a blue colored button that says “Please offer me a seat.” It lets other passengers know the need of a seat for the person wearing a blue button.

These buttons are available at TTC customer service agents and collector booths. However, to wear these buttons is not compulsory for the passengers. Also, It is not a prerequisite to getting the priority seating in the public transportation systems.

Recently, the TTC board also has announced additional bus services and subway trains. The board has taken this decision to deal with the problem of overcrowding on the Yonge line subway and many other bus routes. It is expected to cost about $5 Million for implementation of the decision.

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