Media Release: HandyDART Riders Celebrate Positive Steps at TransLink

Tim Louis speaks to media

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) Thurs June 23rd – Speak out for More & Better HandyDART Service!

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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

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

Bet & Patrick - WebHandyDART 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.”

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Media Release: HandyDART riders say ditch US corporation for savings and better service

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HandyDART riders say ditch US corporation for savings and better service:
Group wants service provided by TransLink or non-profitHRA Mainstreeting 001

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

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

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).

The meeting starts at 9am and the scheduled time for speakers from the public is 11am to 12 noon. Please join us there at 10:30 am and bring a sign! Sign up to speak starting Dec 2nd at – call TransLink at 778.375.7602 for more information.

Please help spread the word!     Print some leaflets – PDF file.      Invite friends on Facebook.

HandyDART service hours have been frozen since 2009, and as a result trip denials went up over 600% before the private contractor changed procedures to disguise the crisis. Service quality has also deteriorated, with riders routinely forced to wait for hours. In 2013, TransLink transferred 10,000 service hours from HandyDART buses to taxis, which endangers many riders.

To have 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. Experience shows private corporations cost more and put profits above quality service.

Everyone benefits from better transit, including the growing population of seniors and people with disabilities. It is time to make major investments in public transit, including HandyDART, to make Metro Vancouver a livable and age friendly region.
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Phone: 604-444-9289 / 604-738-0405 / 604-732-7678

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Media Release: HandyDART riders say No vote in transit referendum threatens right to mobility

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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

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Bet & Patrick - WebThe 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

Yes For Transit Mainstreeting w HandyDART Riders’ Alliance

Patrick MPlease 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

Media Advisory: HandyDART Riders Mainstreeting for Yes Vote in Referendum at Broadway and Commercial Saturday

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What: Photo and interview opportunity. HandyDART riders leafleting at SkyTrain HRA Mainstreeting 001

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

Minister questioned about HandyDART today

Today, George Heyman, NDP TransLink Critic had some pointed questions for Minister Todd Stone, the minister responsible for TransLink and BC Transit. We will be watching for the answers.

George Heyman MLA speaks at HandyDART Riders' Alliance forum

George Heyman MLA speaks at HandyDART Riders’ Alliance forum

Morning Sitting
CSA – 20150423 AM 004/alw/1100

Committee of Supply



The House in Committee of Supply (Section A); D. Plecas in the chair.

The committee met at 11 a.m.

G. Heyman: I have two questions: one to do with handyDART and one to do with Bill 2. I’d be happy to receive, in the interests of time, a written response to the questions, but I’d like to read them into the record. Continue reading