Accessible public transportation: its not just for laughs!

Protest and Performance for Transit Accessibility in Montreal 

Accessible public transportation: its not just for laughs!

Montreal, QC – July 25, 5:30 pm – A protest and performance at the west entrance of Place des Arts Metro station against transit discrimination is to take place this evening, during the Just for Laughs Festival. Adequate measures are not being taken to render public transit in Montreal accessible says the collective of Montrealers affiliated with Accessibilize Montreal, who organized the event.

In the spirit of the Just for Laughs comedy festival, spontaneous interactions and Candid-Camera style interactions with the public will take place, including an installation of a ‘fake elevator’. A campaign lobbying the provincial government for financial support for accessible transit will also be launched. The purpose of the event is two-fold: to pressure the government and transit authorities to take concrete steps towards an accessible system, and to raise awareness of the inaccessibility of transit with the public.

The current state of public transit in Montreal:

-7/ 68 metro stations have elevators
-only four of those stops are on the island of Montreal
-there is only one spot on any city bus for a person using a mobility device
-many buses have faulty ramps and drivers refuse service to certain clientele (people using mobility devices, or who have assistance animals)
-The STM foresees 4 more accessible stations here by 2017. At this rate the métro will be

completely accessible by 2090.

Transit accessibility is a necessity that over 20% of Montrealers are excluded from; people with disabilities, parents with strollers, the elderly. Organizers ask for the support from the media in drawing attention to this outrageous and shameful situation.

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