HandyDART Riders At TransLink Board Meeting
It has been an eventful few months since our last newsletter, with some significant good news for HandyDART riders. But we just got some concerning news and need your help today!
First the good news:
• In September TransLink reported a HandyDART budget increase of $820,000 to fund 33,000 additional trips to meet increasing demand this year. TransLink reports that 90% of these trips are to be provided by HandyDART bus. This is only a small increase, but it is an important step in the right direction.
• HandyDART Riders’ Alliance members Tim Louis and Patrick Maxcy have been appointed to TransLink’s “Custom Transit Service Delivery Review Stakeholder Advisory Committee.” This committee is providing input into options including bringing HandyDART in-house as a TransLink subsidiary. The HandyDART Riders’ Alliance has been working to make HandyDART a TransLink subsidiary or non-profit for years, as this is the only way to get efficient, safe and high quality service.
• BC’ independent Seniors Advocate is doing a survey of HandyDART riders. Half of the riders in the lower mainland will be surveyed, and the results will provide even more evidence that more and better HandyDART service is desperately needed. If you have received a survey, please fill it out today!
• Provincial NDP leader John Horrigan has committed to funding the Mayor’s 10-year Transit Vision which includes a 30% increase in HandyDART service. This will help make transit funding, including HandyDART, a key issue in the May 2017 provincial election.
None of this good news would have happened without people like you taking action and demanding better HandyDART service.
The bad news is that HandyDART is not even mentioned in the consultation on Phase One of the Mayors Council 10-Year Vision. In contract, the Mayors Council 10-Year Vision calls for a 30% increase in HandyDART service. We must make sure the need for HandyDART is not swept under the rug.
Question #1 in the survey asks about “any other improvements you’d like to see.” Please write about the kind of HandyDART improvements you would like to see. You might want to mention:
• The growing population of seniors means the number of people with disabilities is increasing twice as fast as the rest of the population. HandyDART service must be increased to meet this growing need.
• HandyDART must either be brought in-house as a TransLink subsidiary or turned over to a non-profit agency. Experience shows private corporations cost more and put profits above quality service.
Please fill in the survey NOW http://fluidsurveys.com/s/tenyearvision/ (End date for survey is Oct 31)
Tim Louis speaks to media
HandyDART Riders Celebrate Positive Steps at TransLink
Group eager to work with TransLink to improve HandyDART service
The HandyDART Riders’ Alliance says they are very pleased with the significant commitments made by TransLink’s CEO Kevin Desmond at today’s board meeting.
“TransLink has taken a number of important steps in the right direction today, and we are ready to work with TransLink in partnership to make certain these steps are a success” says HandyDART Riders’ Alliance Co-coordinator Tim Louis. “We are eager to work with TransLink to make immediate improvements and to evaluate future steps such as bringing HandyDART in-house as a TransLink subsidiary.” Continue reading
[Updated Monday June 20 – Good news & speaking time change]
HandyDART riders made a big impression at the last two TransLink board meetings, and we expect to hear some good news at the next one. Please join us there to show your support for what we hope will be a significant step in the right direction. Continue reading
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.”
For immediate release
HandyDART riders say ditch US corporation for savings and better service:
Group wants service provided by TransLink or non-profit
When: Wednesday December 9, 10:30 am
What: HandyDART riders demonstrate and speak at TransLink Board meeting
Where: 287 Nelson’s Court New Westminster, near Sapperton SkyTrain Station
The HandyDART Riders’ Alliance says that faceless corporations can’t respect the rights of people with disabilities, and are demanding that HandyDART service be run by a public or non-profit organization. At the open TransLink board meeting on Wednesday December 9, the group will propose terminating the contract with the present US-based contractor when it expires in 2017. Continue reading
For 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). Continue reading
HandyDART Riders’ Alliance
For immediate release –Thursday July 2nd, 2015
HandyDART riders say No vote in transit referendum threatens right to mobility
The HandyDART Riders’ Alliance says with the No vote there is now a danger that people with disabilities and older seniors will again be isolated in their homes or in institutions as they were in the past, just as the first baby boomers enter their 70s. Continue reading
The HandyDART Riders’ Alliance will continue to campaign for more HandyDART service provided by dedicated professionals after the referendum regardless of the outcome. We will also work to get an elected and accountable TransLink board again. A Yes vote is not the end; it is just a start in the right direction!
In this Newsletter: 1) Have you Voted Yet? 2) Leafletting Sat. May 23 3) HRA in the News 4) Are your friends getting these updates? Continue reading
Please join us on Saturday May 23 from 11 am to 1pm in front of the Broadway-City Hall Canada Line Station (Broadway and Cambie) in Vancouver. Many people won’t vote until the last minute, so we are going to be reaching out to the public again. And we need your help! Just look for the bright yellow signs. Continue reading
For immediate release
What: Photo and interview opportunity. HandyDART riders leafleting at SkyTrain
When: Saturday May 9, 11:30 am to 1pm
Where: The Northeast corner of Broadway and Commercial in Vancouver
Who: HandyDART Riders Alliance members and supporters Continue reading