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  • BRAD ROSS: Hi I'm Brad Ross, Head of Communications for the TTC

  • and with me is Andy Byford the CEO of the TTC.

  • And Andy we're here today to talk about an important accessibility feature

  • on all of our vehicles and that is priority seating.

  • ANDY BYFORD: That's right, under Ontario Legislation all transit operators must provide

  • designated priority seats so that's what we are rolling out across

  • the whole fleet of the TTC right now.

  • BRAD ROSS: And what people will notice of course is that these priority seats are blue,

  • very different from the maroon colour you see today on all of our vehicles.

  • ANDY BYFORD: That's right, that's to make sure that everyone knows which are the priority

  • seats and to reinforce that, not just the blue seats, we are also fitting decals

  • to the windows and the sides of the vehicles which not only denote the priority seating

  • zone but also make it clear for whom these seats are intended. It's a big fleet, it

  • will take time to roll these seats out everywhere but at the end of the day if there is a sign

  • above those seats, that' s a priority seating so we would ask people to respect that.

  • BRAD ROSS: Now who are these seats intended for?

  • ANDY BYFORD: They are intended for anyone with mobility impairment, so people using wheelchairs

  • or other mobility devices but also for elderly customers and for expectant mothers.

  • BRAD ROSS: Now if a customer boards a vehicle and these priority seats are occupied, what

  • is the transit operator's responsibility with respect to enforcing the priority seating?

  • ANDY BYFORD: Well, an operator will ask a customer if they will give up their seat but ultimately

  • they cannot enforce that rule. But what might happen is they may end up having to call Transit

  • Control and maybe have a transit officer attend, in which case a fine might be levied on someone

  • who refuses to move. We don't want to go there, we're hoping that's not necessary.

  • Let's all be kind and considerate to our fellow customers.

  • BRAD ROSS: And of course our customers will see in addition to this video an information

  • and education campaign across the system about priority seating and who priority seats are

  • intended for and the obligation that we as able bodied customers have with respect to

  • giving up those seats.

  • ANDY BYFORD: That's right. What we are trying to do, we always say that the TTC is the better

  • way, we want it to be the kinder way as well. So let's all work together to make the TTC

  • more pleasant and to make sure that people who really need these priority seats don't

  • have to ask, we just give them up as a matter of course.

  • BRAD ROSS: Well said Andy, thank you very much, and thank you very much for watching.

  • For more information about priority seating please visit our website at

BRAD ROSS: Hi I'm Brad Ross, Head of Communications for the TTC

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