TTC accessibility advocate dies

  Roger Roberts, a well-known local advocate who campaigned for greater accessibility on TTC buses, has died. He was 61 years old.   Roberts, the longtime chair of the TTC’s Advisory Committee on Accessible Transit (ACAT), died of natural causes after suffering from long-term health complications.   During his career as a lifelong volunteer and supporter of community issues and causes, he earned awards, plaques and citations, including the City of Toronto’s Volunteer of the Year Award in 2003.   Although intimately concerned with the operations of the Wheel-Trans service, Roberts told Metro he preferred to travel on the regular network. “The conventional system is spur-of-the-moment – you don’t have that with Wheel-Trans.”   When asked why this was so important, in light of the high cost and slow progress, he replied, “I would say that it makes you feel less disabled.”