More accessibility issues at SkyTrain stations.
Segen is wheelchair bound, and relies on public transit to get her to school and other places.
Segen says it’s not so much the fare gates that bother her, but rather the elevators.
She says they’re either too slow or not working at all.
“The elevator where I live at Joyce is not working. My only option is either follow the SkyTrain line to Patterson, or take a 40 minute long bus ride that is from 29th Avenue, which is not even worth it.”
Debbie is also wheelchair bound and says she’s also had fare gate issues.
“I was with a friend, and she actually got stuck in the gate. The gate closed on her when we were trying to get through because there is not enough time to get through.”
On Wednesday Luke Galvani, also wheelchair bound and unable to lift his arms, told CKNW he was stuck at Burrard Station with all gates closed and no staff to help him.
“It’s not rocket science”
The Disability Alliance of BC is not happy seeing stories of problems for people with accessibility issues.
Spokesperson Jane Dyson says the system must allow for equal access and accessibility for everyone and anything less is unacceptable.
“If TransLink was to come up with a proper solution, which would be a technological solution, so that people could access gates on their own all these problems would be irrelevant because they would be able to access the gates independently as it is their right to do so. So we are really hoping that TransLink steps up.”
Dyson says it is a violation of human rights for a person with accessibility issues to not be afforded the same access as everyone else.
“With the older stations, elevators are frequently breaking down and I am wondering why TransLink is not able to find sufficient funds to replace the older elevators so that people with disabilities, and seniors, and folks who can’t use the stairs and escalators don’t have to keep being inconvenienced like this. It is 2016. It is elevators, it is not rocket science.”
Dyson says anything blocking equal access to SkyTrain stations is a violation of human rights for those with accessibility issues.