Sunday, September 30, 2007

Regina paratransit user hits the city's limits

This is an old story (2001) but a common problem

Regina paratransit user hits the city's limits

Regina paratransit user hits the city's limits

Last Updated: Thursday, October 18, 2001 | 12:35 AM ET

CBC News

For a Regina man, it's a matter of human rights. For the city of Regina it's a matter of principle.

At issue is whether the Regina's paratransit bus service should take passengers even a few hundred meters outside the city.

John Addie says city paratransit won't drive him the last short distance to work. That's because Addie's office is just past Regina city limits.

This is far as Regina paratransit will take John Addie.

Every day the paratransit bus drives him to a parking lot on the edge of town. And every day a taxi takes him the rest of the way.

"I see their point in a way," says Addie. "But at the same time, when I'm so close to work, it makes me think they could go the extra two blocks."

Addie complains the city does make exceptions. He's seen the paratransit buses unloading passengers at a funeral home across the street.

But the city officials say special occasions, like funerals, are exceptions and that Addie can't expect daily rides outside Regina.

Addie met with those officials Wednesday without success. He says he may file a complaint with the Human Rights Commission next.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

a guide to acquire Demand response (para-transit) scheduling software uide

If you are looking to jump into the world of computerized sceduling and record-keeping, this guide is a must. It's kind of simplistic but there is a simple checklist of features that makes a world of difference to you as you are trying to discern what you need versus what you would like. (Needs vs. wants?)

From the The Pennsylvania Training Resource and Information Network,
Guide for Acquiring Demand Responsive Transit Software and Technology

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Leduc to operate Special Transportation

City of Leduc to operate Special Transportation
March 2007

LEDUC, AB. At the request of the Leduc Special Transportation Association, effective April 1,2007, the City of Leduc will assume operation of the Leduc Special Transportation Services.

“The transition stems from concerns raised by the Leduc Special Transportation Association lastyear,” said Mayor Greg Krischke. “The demands on the service were increasing to the level thatit was no longer feasible for the service to be operated by a volunteer board.”

The Leduc Special Transportation Association made a presentation to Leduc City Council in 2006 outlining their concerns. Since then, the City and the Board have been working ondifferent strategies for continued provision of special transportation service to the community. It was eventually determined that the best solution was to transfer responsibility for the service to the City of Leduc.

More at:
Press release

Brand new van for Nanton

Brand new van for Nanton, how handy
Aaron Carr
Tuesday September 04, 2007

Nanaton News

The Nanton and District Handi-Van Society announced on Friday, Aug. 31 that they have purchased a new Handi-van to serve the Nanton area.

This is the third van the society has used since forming, with the last van purchased
in 1994.

“We needed a new one with more wheelchair room,” said Duane Duncan, Nanton and District Handi-Van Society President.

The new bus has room for up to four wheelchairs and can either be configured to transport four wheelchair passengers and six seated passengers, or three wheelchair passengers and eight seated passengers.

The new Handi-Van, a 2007 Crestline E-350 Super Duty, will be used on Tuesdays and Thursday by the Calgary Health Region to take people to classes and field trips. This service is intended for seniors and other people who may not otherwise be able to get out and around.

The other five days of the week, the Handi-Van will be available to anyone who needs it for medical trips to Calgary, High River
or Vulcan.

“Ambulances can’t take wheelchairs,” Duncan explained, adding that the new Handi-Van will provide people with better access to and from their medical appointments.
The Society is also considering renting the van out at a future date, but right now, the focus is on those with medical needs.

“We didn’t get it to make money on it,” said Duncan, “we got it to support the people that need it.”

To book the van for a medical appointment, call the FCSS at 646-2436. The cost is $.50 per kilometre plus the cost of the driver.

The FCSS has a list of drivers in their offices, but more drivers are needed to ensure full coverage.

If anyone is interested in becoming a Handi-Van driver, which requires a Class 4 license – call Duncan at 646-2340 or fax an application to 646-2478.

The Nanton and District Handi-Van society will be holding a fundraising casino event this coming January to raise money for the van and its maintenance.

Basic Tools: creating vision and creating a service

I'd like to start introducing introduce you to a couple of awesome resources that I have found handy. They are from the Kansas University Transportation Centre

Getting Started -- Creating a Vision & Strategy for Community Transit. is described as "
a seven-part process for either starting a new transportation system or expanding and modifying existing transportation services."

Once you are into the actual provision of service, you need to read this document.
Developing, Designing and Delivering Community Transportation Services. THe most important tool of this document is the questions guiding you to a "Service Description" for your organization.

Developing policies for service can be exasperating. However this guide allowed us to draft our service description document in an afternoon. I suggest you try it for yourself. You may be amazed how the simple act of writing down your actions makes life easier.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

CharityVillage® Research: Developing a business case

More than once, I have faced a blank page as I struggled to explain a strategy. If I had only had this quick guide, those tasks would have gone so much easier!

CharityVillage® Research: Developing a business case