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N E W S R E L E A S EAugust 10, 2000
Metro Transit Launches First Accessible Low Floor (ALF) Buses East of Montreal
Metro Transit is pleased to announce that beginning Sunday, August 27th, full operation of new Accessible Low Floor (ALF) buses will be introduced into regularly scheduled bus service on the routes #3 Manors and #7 Robie/Gottingen.
These buses feature "no steps entry / exit" and wheelchair ramps which extend to curb level providing easier access for all passengers. Each bus is equipped with flip-up seats to accommodate two regular size wheelchairs (no more than 30" wide, 48" long). The low floor feature is designed to assist people who use walkers or who have mobility challenges. Passengers must be able to board the bus, deposit their fare, and depart the bus independently and safely. Passengers using wheelchairs must ensure their wheelchair is positioned properly, so as to be secured in the tie-down system. Those who require assistance in boarding must be accompanied by a companion.
The traveling public will be able to recognize the ALF buses by the blue International Symbol for Accessibility, which will appear on all four sides of the bus. Each designated ALF bus stop along routes #3 and #7 will also display the symbol.
The public is invited to view and find out more information about the new ALF buses which will be on display at the following locations in August:
Wednesday, August 16 Scotia Square, Barrington/Duke 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Friday, August 18 Spring Garden Road/South Park Street 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Saturday, August 19 West End Mall, near employee entrance 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday, August 22 Northwood Centre, North/Gottingen 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Thursday, August 24 Novalea/Duffus by Lawtons 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
These displays will provide an opportunity for the traveling public to tour the first ALF buses in operation east of Montreal. Metro Transit staff will be on site to provide information and answer any questions.
Further details about ALF buses may also be found on the HRM website at www.region.halifax.ns.ca (follow the Metro Transit links) or you can obtain a copy of the special ALF brochure on buses, in the ferry terminals, at our 55 retail outlets, or by calling MetroInfo at 490-4000.For complete details on the ALF bus schedule, please refer to the Riders' Guide schedule booklet effective August 27, 2000 or call MetroInfo at 490-4000.
For More Information Contact:Kevin Hindle, Special Projects
Liz Kingston, Marketing Consultant
HRM Marketing & Design Services