“Think about your mom and dad who are in their 80’s and 90’s to be able to have reliable transportation.”
What if your loved one was forced to wait in the rain and snow for up to 1.5 hours to catch a bus?
That’s the reality for many wheelchair bound residents in Metro Vancouver, as they encourage you to vote yes in the upcoming transit and transportation plebiscite.
Bet Tuason of Vancouver says overcrowded buses often roar by.
“Us in the disabled community we have very little options. Take the bus? It’s not really an option because they keep passing us! Most buses now are full and every time we miss a bus, our waiting period is now, not just 15 minutes, it goes up to an hour, and then an hour and a half.”
Craig Langstone of Burnaby says the alternative is the HandyDart service.
He says he often waits hours to get picked up.
“It’s not good use of my time waiting around for transit to get picked up, especially around the winter months.”
A yes vote would increase HandyDart service by 30% and put more buses on the roads.
Vancouver bus driver Bruce Murray says the 99 B-Line to UBC is always overcrowded.
“Especially for University students, you miss an exam, you fail, if you don’t show up on time, you’re done.”
Murray says a subway along the Broadway Corridor would alleviate the transit pains for many students.