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White Rock Transit Referendum Forum Sat March 7 11am to 1pm

Vote YES! For Better HandyDART Service and Much More!

Sat March 7, 2015 HandyDART White Rock Forum Poster v3a
11am – 1pm
15154 Russell Ave.
White Rock Community Center

You can vote for:
•    30% More HandyDART Service
•    25% More Bus Service
•    Fast Frequent B-line express bus to White Rock Centre
•    More bus shelters & better sidewalks

Ballots will be mailed out starting March 16! Find out more at our public forum. Continue reading

Media Advisory – HandyDART Riders’ Alliance Spokespeople available to comment on Metro Vancouver HandyDART Service disruption.

Feb 9 service disruption - CopyHandyDART service across Metro Vancouver has been severely disrupted since Friday due to a computer problem.

Both HandyDART Riders’ Alliance Spokespeople have been personally inconvenienced by the HandyDART Service disruption. Continue reading

First Vote Yes on Transit, Then Work for More

Maple Ridge Times Letter

Dear Editor,

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

HandyDART Riders’ Alliance Supports Anti-Bullying Action by Workers: Union Supports Yes in Transit Referendum

HandyDART workers and riders alike wore pink anti-bullying shirts at an action in Surrey on January 26. Quotes from HandyDART riders are below, along with the link to the full article.

Please consider leaving a comment or writing a letter to the editor – both on the Now website: http://www.thenownewspaper.com/news/handydart-staff-rally-in-cloverdale-1.1742648

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Video from our October Transit Referendum Forum in Surrey

Better late than never, here is the TV coverage of our transit referendum forum in Surrey on Oct 25.

HandyDART sleight of hand not helpful – Our reply to 24hrs article

This is our reply to a recent misleading article in 24Hours Vancouver titled HandyDART Trip Denials Plummet HD Trip Denials Plummet

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

Mayor’s Council to decide on referendum question at Thursday Dec 11 public meeting

The Mayors Council is holding a public meeting on Thursday this week (Dec 11) 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m at the Anvil Centre Ballroom 777 Columbia St. New Westminster – across the street from the New West Skytrain Station.Mayors Vision Cover Wide

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.

Our Backgrounder explains more about the situation, and the importance for HandyDART riders. The Province Newspaper story Mayors’ council has a TransLink funding referendum ready to go after private meeting also provides an update on recent events.

Media Advisory – HandyDART Riders to hold forum on transit referendum in Surrey

MEDIA Advisory

HandyDART Riders to hold forum on transit referendum in SurreyOct 25 2014 POSTER ED1

For immediate release – Thursday October 23, 2014

What: Transit Referendum and HandyDART Public Forum. HandyDART riders and politicians available for interviews.

When: Saturday October 25, 2014 – 11am to 1pm

Where: Cloverdale Library 5642 176A Street Surrey BC. Continue reading

Transit Referendum & HandyDART: Public Forum

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. Continue reading

HandyDART Riders Gathering Allies for ‘Unknown’ Transit Referendum Campaign – Only 1/3 Know About Vote

MEDIA Advisory

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.”

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