Disabled man unhappy with lack of handi-trans service
mother. “There should be a handi-trans bus dedicated to the Northside. People have been refused so many times, they don’t even bother to call anymore.”
Martha Ross of Sydney Mines, an advocate for improved transit service, said handi-trans hasn’t been upgraded since 1985.
“Cape Breton Transit is purchasing new buses each year, but they haven’t improved the schedule or the service,” Ross said. “People with disabilities who reside on the Northside are being punished because of where they live and it has to stop.”
Coun. Clarence Prince said the regional municipality isn’t insensitive to the needs of the disabled.
Prince said a transit study of transit operations is underway, including the handi-trans service.
“When this report is released, hopefully by early spring in line with the budget, we’ll be able to see what we can and can’t do. We realize that something has to be done, because there is a growing demand for transportation.”
Prince said there have been numerous calls on the issue, adding that transportation needs to be provided to all people.
“If the report calls for extended hours and service, as a council we have to be prepared to ensure the monies are there to allow for delivery of service,” Prince said. “We’d like to have the handi-trans service on a regular basis, but even if we could extend the service on the weekend, that would be a start.”