Canadian Transportation Agency releases fifth Code of Practice



    MONTREAL, June 18 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Transportation Agency today
released two new products aimed at improving the accessibility of air, rail
and marine terminals:

    
    The Code of Practice : Passenger Terminal Accessibility
    (Terminal Code); and
    The Guide to Passenger Terminal Accessibility (Terminal Guide).
    

    The Terminal Code covers a broad range of terminals - including small
ferry terminals in Atlantic Canada, rural and urban train stations of varying
sizes and Canada's airports within the National Airports System. In addition
to providing the technical specifications for the physical aspects of
terminals, the Code covers other issues such as ground transportation,
boarding devices, escort passes, passenger assistance and facility and service
awareness programs. Representing minimum accessibility standards these
terminals are expected to meet, the Code offers practical solutions to the
industry to solve systemic problems faced by persons with disabilities when
they travel through terminals.
    "By involving industry and consumers early on in the process by way of
extensive consultations, the Agency was able to identify and focus on the
particular needs of consumers, while providing the industry with an
opportunity to contribute input on the means to address these needs," said
Geoffrey C. Hare, the Agency's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
    "The Agency's approach of collaboration prior to and during the
consultation phase helped to build consensus and acceptance among parties with
differing interests," he added.
    The companion document, the Terminal Guide, was created as a reference
tool to assist passenger terminal operators in implementing the provisions of
the new Terminal Code, and to make their facilities more accessible to
travellers with disabilities. It includes practical information such as
resources and tips.
    The Agency is committed to monitoring compliance with the Code using a
variety of means.
    The Agency released the Terminal Code, its fifth code of practice and the
Terminal Guide, at the 11th International Conference on Mobility and Transport
for Elderly and Disabled Persons (TRANSED) in Montreal, Québec held until June
22. It will also present a paper outlining its strategic approach leading to
the successful completion of these two new products and another on how the
Agency monitors its standards. Held every three years, the TRANSED conferences
are milestone events in the field of accessible transportation, attracting
researchers, policy-makers, transport operators, consumers and other
specialists worldwide to share innovations and best practices.
    "Complementing and supporting other Agency codes of practice and
regulations, the Terminal Code and Guide represent another important
contribution towards a transportation network which is more accessible and
responsive to the needs of persons with disabilities,"said Mr. Hare.
    To obtain a copy of the Terminal Code and the Guide call 1-888-222-2592
(TTY:1-800-669-5575) or visit the Agency's Web site at www.cta.gc.ca. These
publications are available in multiple formats upon request.

    The Canadian Transportation Agency is an independent Government of Canada
quasi-judicial tribunal. Its mandate includes the responsibility to eliminate
undue obstacles to the mobility of persons with disabilities within the
federal transportation network. Its mission is to administer transportation
legislation, regulations and Government of Canada policies to help achieve an
efficient and accessible transportation network.




For further information:

For further information: and to obtain a backgrounder on the new Code
and its Guide: Lyne Giroux, Senior Communications Adviser, (819) 953-8926;
www.cta.gc.ca; to keep up-to-date with our latest news releases and other
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