MVA leaders attended the TransLink Board Meeting today on behalf of our members in support of improving HandyDART service, protecting HandyDART workers and increasing accountability and oversight over service delivery.
Our civil society organizations are greatly impacted by gaps and inconsistencies in HandyDART service and we will to continue to assist TransLink and the provincial government to address these urgent priorities.
Transit Campaign Action Team Co-chair, Maria Robinson, made a powerful presentation on the need for a fair fare structure to the Translink Board. In the coming months MVA will be gathering our members' views on what a fair fare structure would look like. Here's the video ...
We are being asked to vote on a good transit plan in Metro Vancouver. But it is only a start. Even the mayors who developed it describe the plan as “neither everything we want nor all that we ultimately need.”
A Yes vote starts to meet the needs of seniors, people with disabilities, and lower and middle income people. Demand for public transit has soared, while service levels have remained practically unchanged over the past seven years. Extreme overcrowding has eroded reliability and safety, especially for seniors and people with disabilities. HandyDART service hours have been frozen since 2009, and as a result trip denials went up over 600 per cent before the contractor changed procedures to disguise the crisis. The 30 per cent increase in HandyDART and 25 per cent increase in bus service in the plan is a big step in the right direction, but not enough given that the number of people over 70 is expected to increase by 40 per cent in the next decade.Read more