Yes or No: What to do after the transit referendum?

Join us for a public dialogue on creating an accessible and age friendly region. Municipal politicians and other representatives from Yes and No sides have been invited to participate. [Update Maple Ridge Councillors Gordy Robson (No) & Craig Speirs (Yes) have agreed to participate, and Selina Robinson MLA will attend as well.] [Update 2 – Dr. Doug Bing MLA has also confirmed]

Saturday, April, 18, 2015  11am – 1pmHandyDART Maple Ridge Dialogue Poster Final
Ridge Meadows Seniors Society
12150- 224th Street Maple Ridge

•    Why vote Yes? Why vote No?
•    Is better public transit, including more HandyDART, needed in Maple Ridge?
•    What will people on Yes and No sides do to create a better transportation system, win or lose?
•    Make your views known, and find out more about the Mayors’ Transit Plan.

Join us for a discussion that goes beyond what to mark on your ballot. Find out why some Maple Ridge councillors are voting Yes, and others No. Many of us have already voted, and now it is time to talk about what is needed to create an accessible and age friendly region.

HandyDART service hours have been frozen since 2009, and as a result trip denials went up over 600% before the contractor changed procedures to disguise the crisis. Service quality has also deteriorated, with riders routinely forced to wait for hours. The Mayors’ Council Plan includes a 30% increase in HandyDART service with a Yes vote – but what happens to HandyDART if the No side wins?

It is not too late to register and get a ballot, and we need your involvement regardless of the outcome of the transit referendum! Find out more at our public dialogue.

Download and print a poster HandyDART Maple Ridge Dialogue Poster

Invite your friends on Facebook

Organized by: HandyDART Riders’ Alliance & ATU Local 1724
www.HandyDARTRiders.ca   www.SaveHandyDART.ca

Contact: Steve 604 619 6480 Beth 604 444 9289

2 responses to “Yes or No: What to do after the transit referendum?

  1. Press Release: The following blog was posted early March on our web site. We feel with voting taking place it is appropriate for the present debate on the referendum. John Beeching Chair Canadians for Peace and Social Justice-Vancouver, CPS
    ALL TRANSIT USERS – B.C. including HandyDART USERS .BC
    2016 (?) BC Elections is a good year to start a ‘RIGHT THE WRONGS CAMPAIGN’ to correct the BC problems existing in TRANSLINK.
    About 35 years ago government introduced the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Act – TransLink. The prime purpose was to create a transit system that would provide an alternate way other than automobile. Since it has undergone numerous and confusing amendments to make it what it is now, an organization very much failing according to reports this year.
    The transit system in its entirety is vital in the South Coast of BC. The numbers of people it moves grows exponentially annually.
    TransLink reports indicate funding problems based on TransLink income. It therefore is cutting back on services. Handydart has had its budget frozen for10 years for example. At the same time governments are pressed for financing. A problem faced because of a wrong ended tax policy of reducing taxes on big business.
    OUR POSITION:
    1. The first question seems to be where is the money to come from? We need to elect a government unafraid to make all taxation fair and equitable. The time has come to make Business and High Finance pay a fair share of the tax burden. TransLink has spent monumental amounts of money on road improvement, bridges and other highway improvements. It should be given to the Department of Highways and let TransLink work on people movers. The money saved here could well be in the billions.
    2. Next it is time to right the wrongs begun under the Campbell Premiership. Return TransLink Board to a mainly elected board of Mayors. They know better transit problems in their area and are subject to their people’s approval through elections. The existing Board of professionals should be removed with a thank you only.
    3. Make all business corporations under TransLink non contracted services by removing ‘contracted service’ from their contracts.
    HOW?:
    This or next year is an elections year. Voters have a chance to demand that your candidate, if elected, will do all in their power if to make these three points in our position government policy. It would go a long way to improve public transit in the lower mainland. (South Coast BC).
    Vote for a government unafraid to introduce fair taxation. In the meantime vote YES on the Transportation Referendum.

  2. bruce alexander

    yes we need handydart every day for fredom andthe rest . i bruce alexanderhave twice a week and i cant do with out it can you????.PLEAS HELPOUS OK.ps all for one and one for all.thank you handydart..

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