Transit Referendum & HandyDART: Public Forum Oct 25

Saturday Oct 25, 2014    11 am – 1 pm

Cloverdale Library 5642 176A Street Surrey B.C.

The Provincial Government has announced a Transit Referendum to be held in March of 2015. Losing this crucialOct 25 2014 POSTER ED1 vote would strand thousands.

Chronic underfunding has plagued HandyDART for years. TransLink has been forced to resort  to stop gap measures to stem a tide of ride denials.

Join us for an open discussion of the need to provide a meaningful increase to HandyDART service, and the opportunity presented by the transit funding referendum.

The referendum will be on the Mayors Council proposal which includes a 30% increase in HandyDART service hours over 10 years. This is an important step forward, although much more is really needed after a 5-year freeze and given our rapidly aging population. Come out on Saturday October 25 and get involved!

It is time to stand together to ensure that transit is accessible to all! (more…)

24 Sep 2014

Mobilizing to Increase HandyDART Service! Public Forum Sat. July 26

Saturday July 26, 2014 12:30 – 2:30 pmForum Poster Final

New Westminster Public Library
716-6th Avenue New Westminster, BC

The Mayors of Metro Vancouver have proposed increasing HandyDART service hours 30% over 10 years. But their proposal needs approval from Premier Christy Clark, and to pass in the transit funding referendum she has imposed.

Come and learn about how you can get involved in campaigning for better HandyDART service! (more…)

30 Jun 2014

Media Release: HandyDART Riders will Campaign for Mayors’ Transit Plan in Referendum

MEDIA RELEASE

HandyDART Riders will Campaign for Mayors’ Transit Plan in Referendum: Thirty percent over 10-years inadequate after 5-year freeze, but riders group will support as a good first step.

 

For immediate release – Friday June 13, 2014

 

“After five years of neglect we desperately need more HandyDART vans on the road” says HandyDART Riders’ Alliance spokesperson Elizabeth McKellar. “What the mayors are proposing is not enough, but it is good enough for us to step up and campaign for the yes side if the province approves taking the proposal to referendum.”

 

The Mayors Council proposal is for a 30% increase in HandyDART service hours over 10 years. This translates to about 2.7% per year compounded.

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14 Jun 2014

The Crisis of Isolation-CBC Television Report

http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Canada/BC/ID/2459903960/?page=2

27 May 2014

HandyDART Contractor Hiding Soaring Trip Denials – Forum Sat. May 24

MEDIA RELEASE

HandyDART Contractor Hiding Soaring Trip Denials:

Riders’ group hopeful mayors will include HandyDART increase in referendum package

For immediate release –Wednesday May 21, 2014

Internal company documents shared with the HandyDART Riders’ Alliance by unionized workers show that the company operating HandyDART service in Metro Vancouver has changed accounting procedures to disguise deteriorating service to people with disabilities and seniors.

“This is about real people being denied rides to essential medical appointments and family visits” says HandyDART Riders’ Alliance spokesperson Elizabeth McKellar. “We need more HandyDART vans on the road, not accounting tricks to sweep the crisis under the carpet.”

The procedural changes widen the trip window from one hour to two, and mean a denial will not be recorded if a trip outside the original one hour window does not work for the rider, even if no trip is actually available in the wider window.

When elected mayors and councillors sat on the TransLink Board, they increased HandyDART service hours by about 5% per year to keep up with demand. But after the provincial government imposed an appointed board in 2008, HandyDART service hours were frozen and HandyDART trip denials soared.

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24 May 2014