The Access Transit program was established to ensure that accessible transit is integrated into all our transit plans, projects, and programs. The Access Transit team works closely with a Users' Advisory Committee and a HandyDART Users' Advisory committee to implement our access transit programs and services.
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The TransLink team that manages implementation of our accessibility programs and services consists of:
Access Transit Planning: manages the Access Transit Strategy, policies, training, and administers the Users' Advisory Committee, as well as the HandyDART Users' Advisory Committee.
Access Transit Customer Care: main point of contact for client services such as HandyDART and HandyCard registration, and administering the TaxiSaver program.
Transit Service Delivery: administers the HandyDART service contract and monitors performance.
First Transit: the service provider that books, schedules, and provides HandyDART trips.
TransLink developed the Access Transit Strategy to work towards a transit system that is as accessible as possible for everyone.
The strategy started with reviewing the transit system with representative groups, public transit customers, and employees. The review also considered how other urban regions are making transit more accessible.
Create an Access Transit Office and Users' Advisory Committee
Provide better customer support
Improve access to a full range of transit services
Increase availability and effectiveness of custom transit
The Access Transit team works with the Users' Advisory Committee to achieve these goals.
We offer a variety of services to ensure everyone is comfortable and confident when using public transit.
Braille and Tactile Signage Installation at Bus Stops
TransLink is installing braille signage with raised tactile letters on every bus stop pole across the system. To make it easier to find bus stops, TransLink will also install tactile walking surface indicators at every bus stop on TransLink-owned property.
The signs will contain:
Information written in both Unified English Braille and raised tactile letters
Bus stop ID numbers
Bus routes serving that bus stop
Bay or bus stop indicators
Customer Information phone number
Installation is estimated to complete by the end of 2022. Once complete, TransLink will be the first transit system in Canada to install braille signage across their entire bus system.
Testimonials with described video
Rob Sleath from Access Transit Users’ Advisory Committee shares his transit experiences and the need for the signs.
Joan Billesberger from the Canadian Braille Service shares her story and how braille helps her to be more independent.
In partnership with community groups throughout the region, TransLink provides large group informational workshops for seniors and people with disabilities to assist with independent travel.
Train the Trainer workshops are offered for staff and volunteers who support seniors and people with disabilities.
For more information or to request a workshop, please contact the Travel Training team at 604.953.3636.
Using the Bus with a Mobility Device
Coast Mountain Bus Company (CMBC) provides practice training sessions at the Vancouver Transit Centre on how to board and exit a bus using a mobility device.
To contact an instructor and book a training appointment, call 604.264.5420.
For more information on bus travel training, plus information about the accessibility of all our transit services, please visit our Accessing Public Transit section.
Access Transit Users' Advisory Committee
The purpose of the Access Transit Users’ Advisory Committee (UAC) is to advise TransLink on improvements to the accessibility of our conventional transit services. The Committee provides accessibility-related advice on plans, programs and other initiatives that TransLink funds.
The UAC meets approximately six times per year, and members are appointed for a three year term, with the option to reapply for a second consecutive three year term if they wish.
Thank you to those individuals who made applications to serve on the Access Transit Users’ Advisory Committee. The application period is now closed.
For more information, please contact:
Meeting Agendas and Minutes
HandyDART Users' Advisory Committee
The HandyDART Users' Advisory Committee (HDUAC) was formed to allow HandyDART customers to provide input on the service. The committee allows us to hear directly from customers and stakeholders to ensure that this service meets their needs. Particularly, as we deliver on an ambitious workplan and policy changes that arose out of the 2017 Custom Transit Service Delivery Review.
The purpose of the committee is to provide advice and guidance on HandyDART plans, programs and other initiatives and advise TransLink on matters to improve HandyDART service for customers. It is composed of individuals who are HandyDART customers or have direct experience working with them, and who take a collaborative approach to improving the service.
The committee is composed of a maximum of 13 members and is intended to represent a diversity of disability sectors, municipal and regional districts, age groups, genders, and cultures.
Thank you to those individuals who made applications to serve on the HandyDART Users’ Advisory Committee. The application period is now closed.
The HandyDART Users’ Advisory Committee
On June 20, 2019, the TransLink Board appointed the following individuals to sit on the HDUAC:
Marjorie (Marjie) Ross
Access Transit Users' Advisory Committee Chair
Meeting Agendas and Minutes
Custom Transit Service Delivery Review
We're committed to improving the quality and availability of service for HandyDART customers. In June 2016, we began a thorough review of HandyDART operational policies and service structure to address customer concerns. This was in response to several questions that had been raised at TransLink Board meetings, particularly around responsiveness to customer concerns, the standards and quality of HandyDART and taxi services, and the HandyDART service model and operations.
The review formed the basis for recommended changes to HandyDART policies and the service model. It considered industry best practices and input from stakeholders with the goal of helping HandyDART customers get to where they need to go safely and efficiently.
Working with a Stakeholder Advisory Committee, composed of HandyDART customers and advocates, we've identified key areas for change.
In 2012, we reviewed and consulted on how well HandyDART was meeting our customers’ needs. We also wanted to know if we were making the best use of our available resources. This resulted in several recommendations, including a new waitlist process, increased use of non-dedicated vehicles (taxis), and improved education on our cancellation/no-show policies.
In 2016, the TransLink Board of Directors committed to undertake a deeper review of the HandyDART service, focusing on delivery operations and service quality policies. This resulted in the Custom Transit Service Delivery Review.
We spoke with Canadian transit agencies to understand their service policies and how they deliver custom transit services. This provided us with an understanding of how we perform compared to our peers and the innovations taking place across the industry.
The Stakeholder Advisory Committee identified key issues, assessed technical work provided by TransLink, and established evaluation criteria for service delivery models. We also held four workshops and two individual stakeholder meetings to ensure this review addressed the needs and concerns of a range of key stakeholders. This was done in coordination with the execution of an online survey. Our Custom Transit Service Delivery Review Engagement Report provides a summary of the engagement findings.
Input received during consultation was considered, along with financial and technical analysis, in refining recommendations to improve the HandyDART customer experience. These recommendations and final report were approved by the TransLink Board of Directors in March 2017.
Taxi Pilot Project Report
3D Virtual Bus Tour
We're committed to making transit easy to use for people of all ages and abilities.
In partnership with AutismBC and Beckett 3D Studio, we created a new online tool to help individuals with autism feel more confident when travelling on Metro Vancouver buses.
Use our virtual bus tool to tour a 3D TransLink bus at your own pace via a desktop computer or mobile device.
TransLink Mobility Guide Training Videos
Traveling on transit in Metro Vancouver is easy, follow these mobility guides to learn more.
Training videos are available in English with American Sign Language (ASL), Described Video, Cantonese, French, Mandarin, and Punjabi.
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