For 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 www.translink.ca/en/About-Us/Governance-and-Board/Board-of-Directors/Board-Meetings.aspx – call TransLink at 778.375.7602 for more information.
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.