Transit referendum win would release HandyDART riders from house arrest
For immediate release – Thursday December 11, 2014
“The mayors have proposed a substantial and ongoing increase in HandyDART service” says HandyDART Riders’ Alliance spokesperson and former Vancouver City Councillor Tim Louis. “It is a step towards releasing people with disabilities from the virtual house arrest the service freeze has created.”
The Mayors Council proposal is for a 30% increase in HandyDART service hours over 10 years, averaging about 2.7% per year.
When elected mayors and councillors sat on the TransLink Board, they increased HandyDART service hours by about 5% per year. But after the provincial government imposed an appointed board in 2008, HandyDART service hours were frozen and HandyDART trip denials soared. Continue reading