We agree with Linda Meyer [Plan B to improve transit, Jan 13 Letters, TIMES] that a 30 per cent increase in HandyDART service over 10 years is not enough.
HandyDART service levels have been frozen for more than five years, while demand soars, and the number of people over 70 in Metro Vancouver is projected to increase by 40 per cent in the next decade. Continue reading →
Re HandyDART Trip Denials Plummet (Dec 16) Any HandyDART rider could tell you that things have gotten worse not better in recent months. The reported drop in trip denials is only because TransLink’s contractor changed the definition of denials to hide the continued deterioration in service.
It is also disturbing that the Disability Alliance of BC promoted taxis as a magic wand solution to the HandyDART service crisis in this article without their commercial ties with the taxi industry being revealed. Taxis do not provide the careful door to door service many HandyDART riders need for safety. Continue reading →
At this meeting the Mayors’ are expected to formally choose the funding source or sources they want to go to referendum. According to Global News, it is down to three options: 1) Regional carbon/gas tax 2) Regional vehicle levy 3) Regional sales tax.
HandyDART Riders Gathering Allies for ‘Unknown’ Transit Referendum Campaign: Poll shows only 1/3rd of residents know about planned transit referendum
For immediate release –Thursday July 24, 2014
While a recent TransLink poll shows that 64% of Metro Vancouver residents don’t know that a transit funding referendum is planned, HandyDART riders are bringing allied groups together on Saturday July 26 for a public forum about mobilizing for the vote expected in Spring 2015.
“It will take a big diverse coalition to win this referendum most people don’t even know about yet.” says HandyDART Riders’ Alliance spokesperson Elizabeth McKellar. “After five years of neglect we desperately need more HandyDART vans on the road, so we desperately need allies willing to campaign for better transit.”