Monday, June 18, 2018

Via Rail melted down a decommissioned coach to make train tickets with

Monday, June 11, 2018

Bilingual automated announcements

1. Why you ask?
I asked why. GO Transit replied, on Twitter, the following: "Hi CJ, To make travelling on GO as easy as possible for everyone and to meet Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act & French Language Services Act requirements, automated announcements are being introduced . For more info click here  Thanks ^IL"

2. The French Language Services Act
Services must be made available in French when demanded - this is what the act says in a nutshell. This part is interesting because GO has been skirting this for years considering most of their CSAs were/are not bilingual, meaning if a passenger demanded train announcements in French, while on-board, the CSA was/is to comply, non?

3. Why now? 
The law says traveling on transit must be accessible to those with sight and hearing disabilities. The automated announcements, and soon, the visual displays on every coach, will meet compliance with the  Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. The repeat of the information in French, both visual and audio, means GO Transit will be in full compliance with the French Language Services Act.

The French Language Services Act is not new. GO is just bringing the agency up to speed; and the technology being used has been available for some time. Implementation has just been very slow, it appears.