Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Brooks Alberta = Funding shortfall forces renegotiation

Brooks Alberta Local News - The Brooks Bulletin: "Funding shortfall forces NCAG to renegotiate handibus contract



Rob Brown
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

While there will be no extended service hours offered at this time, Brooks Handibus is in the midst of renegotiating their contract they have with the City of Brooks to provide handibus services in the city.

“We talked about extended services and why they just aren’t going to be happening,” said Newell Community Action Group’s executive director Pat Whyte. NCAG is the umbrella organization that oversees programming for Brooks Employment Services, Brooks Services for People with Disabilities and the handibus.

The city had recieved requests for extended handibus service beyond their regular hours of 7:30 a.m, to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.

She said that costs were the lone determining factor when it came to extended service. Whyte said the costs associated with the extra hours were far too high. She said a budget in the amount of $80,000 per year would be needed.

“As a part of looking at extended hours we did our due diligence - we called nearly every handibus service in the province to find out hours, costs, ridership costs and not one of them breaks even,” she said.

“Municipalities in most other areas are running them and covering costs.”"
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