Federal Court Dismisses VIA Rail Appeal on Couples With Mobility Scooters Travelling Together

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The Federal Court has dismissed an appeal by VIA Rail of a decision that would make it possible for a Toronto couple who rely on wheelchairs and scooters to travel together on a single train.

In March, CBC Toronto reported that VIA Rail was appealing a decision by the Canadian Transport Agency calling on it to revise its policies to either allow for the storage of two mobility devices in a single tie-down area or provide two tie-down areas on each train by May 15, 2017. The alternative involves providing evidence that neither option would be possible without "undue hardship."

The decision wasn't expected in July, but as a result of the April 25th order, the transport agency's decision will stand.