Friday, December 24, 2010

Rocky View Handi Bus - Home

Rocky View Handi Bus : Holiday Hours

December 27 - Dec 31. The office is closed and buses are off the road. If you are making a booking for January, leave a message with a phone number as we will be checking for messages.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A Profile of Albertans with Disabilities

About two years ago, we stumbled on a document titled "a profile of Albertan's with Disabilities. we provided a link and have recently discovered that the file is no longer on the Government of Alberta website ( please hold your surprise)

We found it again at the legislature's website:

New handi bus needed for seniors/disabled - Vermilion Standard - Alberta, CA

New handi bus needed for seniors/disabled - Vermilion Standard - Alberta, CA: "New handi bus needed for seniors/disabled
Dec 15, 2010

Susan Hodges
Vermilion Standard
After working hard to raise the $85,560 for a new handi bus the Vermilion Handi Bus Society has found itself about $22,000 short of its goal."

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

mae commitment News 2 - December 14, 2010: "Handi-bus service will continue
Town makes commitment to continue service despite county pulling out of transportation committee

tim bryant
News Staff
Westlock residents who rely on the Westlock and District Transportation Committee's handi-bus to get around town do not have to worry they will be left out in the cold, said town manager Darrell Garceau.

"It will be business as usual effective January 1st," he said.

With the county choosing to opt out of the service starting Jan. 1, 2011, there was a chance the service could change. Not so, said Garceau.

"Nothing's going to change," he said. "Those people who make use of the service today will be able to make use of the service in the same fashion."

At the moment, Garceau said he believes there is only one customer of the service who does not live within town limits. He would not say what will happen to those county residents who use the service, other than to say the committee would need to "revisit" the issue to avoid leaving people in the lurch.

"We're going to have to have a serious look at the transportation system outside of Westlock," he said, adding it's not cost effective to send the bus to Fawcett, for example, for a single passenger.

With the change in the composition of the committee, there are a lot of details that still need to be figured out, but they are working on them, he said. A more concrete plan will be made available in January and February.

The handi-bus service runs at a yearly deficit, Garceau said. The service used to be a recipient of an unconditional grant, but that has been discontinued, leaving the service reliant on fares and subsidies from the town.

It currently has an operating expenditure of close to $84,000, which covers the two buses, drivers, insurance, maintenance and fuel.

On the revenue side, the fares collected total close to $32,000, Garceau said.

Moving forward, Garceau said the committee is giving consideration to look into an urban transit system in town that would be available to all citizens, not just those using the on-call service."