Riding the rails in a wheelchair: Rating O-Train for accessibility

By Blair Crawford, Ottawa Citizen, October 3, 2019

When the Confederation Line first opened, Max Brault was too scared to ride it.

“That seems funny for a grown man to say he was too scared to take the LRT, but if something were to happen I’d be stuck in there,” said Brault, 49, who has used a wheelchair since his 20s because of his degenerative spinal muscular atrophy.

But after a close friend who was an eye for potential barriers gave the train the thumbs up, Brault went all in.

“It gets a good A+ from me,” Brault said after an unofficial and informal audit with this newspaper of the LRT’s accessibility. “They nailed the really good things — it’s fully accessible, it’s spacious, it’s very well-lit and it has good demarcation on the floor for the visually impaired.


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