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.”

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