The question: As transit systems evolve to different service models (on demand) and vehicle power modes (battery/fuel cell electric) will you commit to ensuring all forms of service and vehicles are 100% accessible?
The answers, by position:
James Kerr: I think that it is important to commit that all residents of Burlington have a form of service and transportation that is 100% accessible.
Anne Marsden: Response not received in time for our deadline.
Marianne Meed Ward: Yes. All Burlington Transit buses and specialized vehicles are already accessible. All our conventional buses feature: Wheelchair spaces, Clearly marked priority seating areas, Digital signs and audio announcements for next stop information, High color contrast grab bars and poles, Low floor and kneeling capabilities with ramps, Low glare, anti-slip floor covering, Passenger signal stop request. We are also adding more benches and shelters (including heated shelters) at bus stops, and have hand clearing of snow during winter.
Steve Rieck: We need to make buses safe, accessible and green. We also need to find the balance of offering value for the taxpayer and community by making transit a central part of our climate and car-free development strategies. Electric buses and sooner is one thing I want to promote. ASAP.WE can test free transit with trials during a ‘Free-key Fridays’ campaign in mid 2023 to test a system-wide free transit strategy and uptake and feedback and socio-economic-enviro benefits.
William Tuck: Response not received in time for our deadline.
Council, Ward 1:
Kelvin Galbraith: I do believe that all of our transit forms should be accessible.
Robert Radway: Response not received in time for our deadline.
Council, Ward 2:
Keith Demoe: Yes, I’m for service models that will accommodate residents who require them. I also see the transit being progressive when moving towards more available options that are good for environment. This is an important area when discussing the growth strategies for a better more accessible transit system.
Lisa Kearns: Candidates response had no reply to this question
Tim O’Brien: Candidates response had no reply to this question
Council, Ward 3:
Jennifer Hounslow: Response not received in time for our deadline.
Luke McEachern: Absolutely …Yes.
Rory Nisan: Yes. Accessibility is very important.
Council, Ward 4:
Tony Brecknock: Editor’s note: Although we did not receive a written response from Tony Brecknock (possibly due to technical problems) the candidate did request a meeting and verbally expressed support for Burlington Transit and BFAST’s positions.
Olivia Duke: Transit that is 100% accessible, and thought-out is critical.
Shawna Stolte: The goal of 100% accessibility is an important goal for our community whether it be in public buildings, in public parks or on public transit. I am committed to ensuring that any form of transit vehicles that we introduce into the community going forward can accommodate the needs of all residents of Burlington.
Eden Wood: Response not received in time for our deadline.
Council, Ward 5
Andrew Hall: Response not received in time for our deadline.
Denny Pirzas: Yes, I will advocate for all public transit to be 100% accessible.
Guy D’Alesio: I will commit to ensuring equity and accessibility throughout the City of Burlington. As new modes of service are added there will be a phase in of those services. I will commit to a timely plan to ensure accessibility and equity are available on all modes.
Paul Sharman: Response not received in time for our deadline.
Council, Ward 6
Angelo Bentivegna: Accessibility to transit should be for everyone!
Rick Greenspoon: I am unable to complete your survey in the time you have allotted. Although as a statement, I do support Burlington for Accessible Sustainable Transit, I do not have enough information and background data to answer all of your questions.
Renato Velocci: Response not received in time for our deadline.