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TransLink surplus comes at a cost: HandyDart Riders Alliance

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – TransLink‘s surplus is coming at a cost, according to a group representing HandyDart users.

TransLink says the surplus is because of efficiencies like changes to the way buses are maintained.

But those comments have Tim Louis with the HandyDart Riders Alliance frustrated.

“Slashing HandyDart service levels is not a function of finding efficiencies. It is taking an axe to a system that is already structurally under funded,” he says.

Louis uses the service often but says on the weekend it’s extremely hard to get a ride.

“There is no alternative to HandyDart for most HandyDart users. Cabs, taxis are beyond their financial ability and friends, folks have vehicles that would not be wheelchair accessible,” he explains.

TransLink’s AGM today was heavily focused on these complaints.

There’s also word more details on the transit referendum could be released in June.