Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Mid Year Trivia:

Approx 382 active passengers use the Rocky View Bus. We can break it down by municipal residence:

Calgary 6
Carstairs 17
Chestermere 28
Cochrane 176
Cremona 5
Crossfield 13
Didsbury 4
Irricana 4
Beiseker 2
Rocky View County 87
Mountainview County 2
Olds 1
Airdrie 38 (almost all are students of Rocky View Schools)

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Handibus fares coming down | Local News | St. Albert Gazette

Handibus fares coming down | Local News | St. Albert Gazette: Starting Feb. 1, 2013, handibus users will no longer pay almost twice the fare of traditional transit users — they will pay the same rate.
The standing committee on finance (SCOF), made up of all city councillors and the mayor, unanimously passed a transit fare strategy that will ensure individuals who use the handibuses aren’t paying more than other transit users.
“We’re pleased to be moving ahead,” said St. Albert Transit (StAT) director Bob McDonald.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Barriers to Using Fixed-Route Public Transit for Older Adults: Mineta Transportation Institute Research Report

Barriers to Using Fixed-Route Public Transit for Older Adults: Mineta Transportation Institute Research Report:

Barriers to Using Fixed-Route Public Transit for Older Adults

Excerpt from the Abstract:
For older adults, unmet transportation needs are linked to reduced well-being (Cvitkovich and Wister 2001). Current research indicates that, as a society, we are ill-prepared to provide adequate transit for the growing increasing population of older adults (Millar, 2005). Although public transit is available for many older adults, actual and perceived barriers prohibit its use. Thus, the research presented here examines what do older persons perceive as barriers to using fixed-route public transit?


Barriers to Using Fixed-Route Public Transit for Older AdultsPrincipal investigator: Michael D. Peck, MA, MSW, PhD
Published: March 2010
Keywords: Aged, Fixed-Route, Public Transit

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Cochrane Eagle Online – Cochrane's Source of News and Opinion » Handibus desperate for 2013 funding from town » Print

Cochrane Eagle Online – Cochrane's Source of News and Opinion » Handibus desperate for 2013 funding from town » Print:
Rocky View Handibus

The Rocky View Handibus is looking to the Town of Cochrane to give them some kind of indication that they will be in their corner come 2013.

Paul Siller, general manager for the Handibus, addressed the transit provider’s increasing need for funding assistance to council during their March 12 meeting, looking to members to revisit the issue during the spring budget adjustments.

“Often we’re the only form of public transportation in town,” Siller said, pointing to the increase in service they have provided to Cochrane over the past few years.

The Handibus provides a weekday-only, door-to-door service that encompasses 3,300 total hours in Cochrane.

The town provided the business with $40,000 in funding — $29,500 shy of what the Handibus was requesting.

Siller indicated that they do not receive any funding from any regional source, and from the province they do not get a ‘dime.’

Many of the Handibus’ customers are those looking to travel into Calgary or Canmore for hospital visits.

Many of the Handibus’ customers are those looking to travel into Calgary or Canmore for hospital visits.

In 2011, the Handibus made a total of 1,455 local trips from Cochrane and 1,825 non-local.

The total operating costs attached to running the Handibus in Cochrane is $156,535.
In addition to municipal funding, revenue comes from user fees — which Siller recently announced were increasing to bring a more fair structure plan for all users — the Community Initiatives Program and fundraising, which Handibus does a lot of.

Handibus has already burned through their $30,000 reserve fund, which leaves them in a tough situation come the new year.

“We have nothing to come to the table with in 2013,” Siller admitted.

Councillor Ivan Davies said he fully believes in what the Handibus is providing to communities throughout the region and supports looking at their funding come spring.

Fare increase coming for Cochrane handibus riders - Cochrane Times - Alberta, CA

Fare increase coming for Cochrane handibus riders - Cochrane Times - Alberta, CA: Fare increase coming for Cochrane handibus riders
By Daniel Austin

Posted  march 6 days ago

Cochrane residents who use the Rocky View Regional Handibus (RVRH) for trips to appointments in Calgary will be facing a significant increase in the cost of their fares in the coming months.

The increase comes on the heels of an announcement by the handibus provider that they would be adjusting their fares across the region to reflect a standard fare structure of $4.00 for every 10 kilometres travelled.

Paul Siller, manager of RVRH, said there had been concern that the uneven fare structure previously in place was charging passengers from one municipality more than another.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Parents of disabled children say handi-bus needed | Local News | Okotoks Western Wheel

Parents of disabled children say handi-bus needed | Local News | Okotoks Western Wheel:

Parents of disabled children say handi-bus needed

Feb 01, 2012 06:00 am | By Tanya Kostiw

MD of Foothills resident Cherie Helm, pictured with her daughter Jessica, believes a handi-bus is needed in the community.

view all photos (1) MD of Foothills resident Cherie Helm’s teenage daughter Jessica has been in a wheelchair her entire life. Jessica takes a wheelchair accessible bus to school, which the school division funds, but she also transfers her daughter into her own vehicle when she needs to go somewhere, which can be challenging....

Communities split over handi-bus need | Local News | Okotoks Western Wheel

Communities split over handi-bus need | Local News | Okotoks Western Wheel:
Communities split over handi-bus need

Feb 01, 2012 06:00 am | By Tanya Kostiw

Share Most people do not give their transportation needs much thought as it usually as simple as hopping into a car, but there are some whose lives are significantly impacted by their limited mobility.

There is no community handi-bus in the local area and whether there is a need for the service depends on who you ask.