Extra $1m for HandyDart plowed into taxis

Jeff Nagel – Burnaby NewsLeader May 23, 2014

TransLink is injecting $1 million into the HandyDart system, but the money will go to provide more taxi rides for elderly and disable clients.

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It’s not clear whether a package of transit upgrades to be taken to referendum by Metro Vancouver mayors will also include more money for HandyDart.

Critics with the HandyDart Riders Alliance say more is needed to keep up with growth of the region’s population of seniors.

The group says about $21 million in additional service hours is needed to catch up to demand after five years of HandyDart budget freezes.

“Seniors and people with disabilities won’t be mobilizing to get the ‘yes’ vote out in the transit referendum if HandyDart is short changed,” spokesman Tim Louis said.

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