Operation get the fuck to Toronto!! After a lot of prep, and a fabulous demo last night (which I will write about soon) we’re finally on the road!!
But why are we driving? Well, Via Rail and Megabus have very restricted accessibility options: Megabus you have to book 48 hours in advance at least, and they restrict access to one mobility device per trip. Via Rail only has one spot for a mobility device on each train. Not train car, on an entire train. And we didn’t think we should have to fly just to go between two major cities in Canada/ we are way too cheap to fly, so J decided to drive. Although it is more of a hassle in many ways than simply boarding a bus or train. Lucky we had the option to take J’s wheels otherwise we’d have had to take separate trips or go with way fewer mobility tools… We’re already planning a lobbying campaign for Megabus to get their act together…
In any case, very happy to be on the road!!
Any guesses how many mobility tools we have in this van? Shit’s off the hook. We are READY!!! Excited to go see family and do some interviews for my rapidly forthcoming zine: Underwater City I.
This is what a first class scooter looks like! Turns out the wheeled device spot on the Montreal-Ottawa-Toronto train is in fiirrrst classs. So here I am baby. It was easy to get on with the scoot, Via Rail staff were chill and helpful. It makes such a positive difference when people are friendly!
Here amongst the business people and independently wealthy there are curtains on the windows, newspapers for all, and a man with a liquor cart. I don’t know why newspapers are a sign of upper society, I mean, the news is pretty much everywhere now. But ahhh the luxury of flipping through! Never thought you’d hear me say I like class systems eh? Well class tastes pretty good when it comes in the form of a complimentary 4pm gin and tonic! Hahaaa (evil capitalist laughter).
But seriously, this train is much newer than the one J and I took from Edmonton to Vancouver. And it is, unlike that one, rather accessible. There’s even a giganto bathroom. Too bad the western train is so filled with steps and narrow aisles.. Seems like the touristic (Rocky Mountain line) would have more of an emphasis on access. But maybe just more people travel on the central Canadian lines so they prioritized making them accessible first. Well… Something to ask my new Via Rail employee friends.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have some gin to drink and polite elderly men to make small talk with.