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Thurs Nov 10 – Ask Mayors to Vote Yes to More HandyDART Service!

tl_board_mtg-012-medThe HandyDART Riders’ Alliance has been working for years to get regular annual increases in HandyDART service. And now your mayor will get a chance to vote YES to about a 13% increase in HandyDART service over three years. This is much better than the situation since 2009, and sets the stage for further increases in future years.

Please join us at the joint TransLink Mayors’ Council / TransLink Board meeting 10am Thursday November 10 at the TransLink Boardroom – 4th floor 287 Nelson’s Court New Westminster, BC. Also, please invite your friends and family on Facebook www.facebook.com/events/324571434591794/

The more people who show up, the more pressure the mayors will be under to make this a good plan for HandyDART riders and vote to support it. The formal vote on the Mayors’ Council Phase One Plan will take place later in November.

The need for improved HandyDART service is so severe that the new TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond recently approved an emergency HandyDART budget top-up. HandyDART service hours were frozen in 2009, and as a result trip denials went up over 600% before the US contractor changed procedures to disguise the crisis.

The growing population of seniors means the number of people with disabilities is increasing twice as fast as the rest of the population, and HandyDART service per-capita has been declining. This plan finally recognizes the need for more HandyDART buses on the road every year. We need further increases in the Second Phase of the Mayors’ Council Plan to keep up.

For quality HandyDART service that meets the needs of people with disabilities and older seniors, HandyDART must either be brought in-house as a TransLink subsidiary or turned over to a non-profit agency. This question is being examined with input from the “Custom Transit Service Delivery Review Stakeholder Advisory Committee.” HandyDART Riders’ Alliance members Tim Louis and Patrick Maxcy are on the committee.

For more information please contact:
Tim Louis, HandyDART Riders’ Alliance Co-chair 604 732 7678 or 604 738 0405
Beth McKellar – HandyDART Riders’ Alliance Co-chair 604 444 9289

02 Nov 2016

On Wed March 30th Keep up the Pressure for Better HandyDART Service!

Newspapers Dec 9 2015 TL meeting

HandyDART riders made a big impression at the December TransLink board meeting, and we need to do it again! After that meeting the TransLink board chair told the Vancouver Sun “We had an offer to work with these folks more and we want to do that. We will consider (taking HandyDart) in-house.”

We need to be there again to ensure TransLink’s commitment to HandyDART riders is not forgotten. The location is Room #400 – 287 Nelson’s Court New Westminster, near Sapperton SkyTrain Station (up a steep hill). (more…)

18 Mar 2016

On Wed Dec. 9th, Speak out for Better HandyDART Service!

The HandyDART Riders’ Alliance has put out this call to action. Please help spread the word, and show up if you can!

 

NV Group - smFor years, the TransLink Board has met behind closed doors, but thanks to public pressure they will be meeting in public on Wednesday December 9, 2015. And HandyDART riders need to be there to demand better service! The location is Room #400 – 287 Nelson’s Court New Westminster, near Sapperton SkyTrain Station (up a steep hill). (more…)

25 Nov 2015

Yes or No: What to do after the transit referendum?

Join us for a public dialogue on creating an accessible and age friendly region. Municipal politicians and other representatives from Yes and No sides have been invited to participate.

Saturday, April, 18, 2015  11am – 1pmHandyDART Maple Ridge Dialogue Poster Final
Ridge Meadows Seniors Society
12150- 224th Street Maple Ridge

•    Why vote Yes? Why vote No?
•    Is better public transit, including more HandyDART, needed in Maple Ridge?
•    What will people on Yes and No sides do to create a better transportation system, win or lose?
•    Make your views known, and find out more about the Mayors’ Transit Plan.

Join us for a discussion that goes beyond what to mark on your ballot. Find out why some Maple Ridge councillors are voting Yes, and others No. Many of us have already voted, and now it is time to talk about what is needed to create an accessible and age friendly region.

HandyDART service hours have been frozen since 2009, and as a result trip denials went up over 600% before the contractor changed procedures to disguise the crisis. Service quality has also deteriorated, with riders routinely forced to wait for hours. The Mayors’ Council Plan includes a 30% increase in HandyDART service with a Yes vote – but what happens to HandyDART if the No side wins?

It is not too late to register and get a ballot, and we need your involvement regardless of the outcome of the transit referendum! Find out more at our public dialogue.

Download and print a poster HandyDART Maple Ridge Dialogue Poster

Invite you friends on Facebook

Organized by: HandyDART Riders’ Alliance & ATU Local 1724
www.HandyDARTRiders.ca   www.SaveHandyDART.ca

Contact: Steve 604 619 6480 Beth 604 444 9289

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01 Apr 2015

White Rock Transit Referendum Forum Sat March 7 11am to 1pm

Vote YES! For Better HandyDART Service and Much More!

Sat March 7, 2015 HandyDART White Rock Forum Poster v3a
11am – 1pm
15154 Russell Ave.
White Rock Community Center

You can vote for:
•    30% More HandyDART Service
•    25% More Bus Service
•    Fast Frequent B-line express bus to White Rock Centre
•    More bus shelters & better sidewalks

Ballots will be mailed out starting March 16! Find out more at our public forum.

HandyDART service hours have been frozen since 2009, and as a result trip denials went up over 600% before the contractor changed procedures to disguise the crisis. Service quality has also deteriorated, with riders routinely forced to wait for hours.

The Mayors’ Plan includes a 30% increase in HandyDART service hours over 10 years, or about 2.7% per year. This is an important step forward, although considerably more is needed after a 5-year freeze and given our rapidly aging population.

It is time to make major investments in public transit, including HandyDART, to make Metro Vancouver a livable and age friendly region. Please Vote YES!

Invite your friends on FaceBook

Download and print a poster!

Organized by: HandyDART Riders’ Alliance & ATU Local 1724
www.HandyDARTRiders.ca   www.SaveHandyDART.ca
Contact: Steve 604 619 6480

16 Feb 2015