HandyDART is TransLink’s paratransit system, available for those who are unable to safely navigate conventional public transit without assistance.
HandyCard holders can use our conventional transit system at a concession fare price with HandyCard. HandyCard allows travel on the bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus, and West Coast Express. The pass provides free travel to your attendants, and access to purchase TaxiSavers. Learn more about HandyCard on our Fares page.
The Customer Call Centre is open Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To apply to our HandyDART program, please complete one of our application forms.
If you have a physical, sensory, or cognitive disability and need assistance using conventional public transit, you may be eligible to use HandyDART . Applicants must be 12 years or older.
Submitting Your Form
Before filling out the form, please review the form and eligibility requirements.
Make sure you have all your personal information available including your date of birth, home address, doctor's name, and phone number.
This form must be printed and signed by both the applicant and a medical authority.
If you're unable to print the application form, we can mail you one— please contact Access Transit Customer Care by calling 604.953.3680.
Processing Your Application
We will process your HandyDART application within 10 days of confirming receipt.
Allow 4 to 6 weeks processing time for a HandyCard to use on our conventional transit system.
If you’re a resident of Metro Vancouver, please complete the following form:
If you’re planning to visit Metro Vancouver and wish to use the paratransit system while you’re here, please complete the following form:
All HandyDART trips count as a 1-Zone adult fare. Accepted payment methods include:
Adult FareSaver Tickets
Adult Monthly Passes
Sometimes, HandyDART will use taxis to supplement service. If a taxi is ordered, please pay the taxi driver using regular HandyDART fare.
|FareSaver Tickets (Book of 10)||$24|
Please note that drivers don't carry change. Have the exact cash amount ready when you board.
Where to Buy Passes and Tickets
Purchase your monthly FareCard by phone, mail or in person through the HandyDART/ First Transit office
By phone: at 604.575.6600, option 7 between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays (credit card only)
By mail: make cheques and/or money orders payable to "First Canada ULC".
You may purchase your FareSaver Tickets from your HandyDART drivers (weekdays only), by phone, or in person. Please call 604.575.6600, option 7 for more details.
HandyDART offers two types of service:
subscription trips: repeating trips that are taken to and from the same locations at the same times (on a daily or weekly basis)
casual trips: trips taken on a one-time basis
You can book your trip up to seven days in advance, and up until 4 p.m. the day before your trip. Keep in mind that our HandyDART shuttles experience rush hour demand just like any other mode of transportation — the earlier you can book a rush hour trip, the better.
Taxi Supplement and TaxiSaver
If a HandyDART is unavailable for your requested trip, our service provider will supplement your trip with a taxi.
To find out more about the program, please contact the Access Transit Customer Care office at 604.953.3680.
For customers who are deaf or hard of hearing and unable to use a TeleTypeWriter, to discuss alternative booking options please contact us.
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or mail:
Coast Mountain Bus Company, Access Transit Department, 400-287 Nelson’s Court, New Westminster, BC, V3L 0E7
Preparing for Your Trip
Day Before Your Trip
You will receive an automated phone call to remind you of your trip.
Day of Your Trip
We will call you shortly before your ride arrives. To avoid delays, please be ready 15 minutes before your scheduled pickup time.
Cancelling Your Trip
We understand that you may need to cancel your trips and require a minimum of two hours' notice. To give other riders an opportunity to make a trip, please let us know you won’t need your scheduled ride as soon as possible by calling 604.575.6600 (local) or 1.844.475.6600 (toll-free).
For your safety, your HandyDART Operator will escort you from the door at the start of your trip to the door at your final destination. Please note, your HandyDART Operator cannot take you past the front door of a building. If you need extra assistance beyond the accessible outside door, we encourage you to travel with an attendant.
Mobility Aid Restrictions
Your mobility aid must be clean, in good working order, and adhere to the following dimension* and weight restrictions:
Length: 122 cm (48 in.)
Width: 94 cm (37 in.)
Weight: 250 kg (550 lbs.)**
If the customer can safely ride up the lift independently, the combined weight of the customer and the mobility device must not exceed 360 kg (800 lbs).
Anyone with a mobility device exceeding these measurements may be refused transportation. If you have any concerns about your mobility device meeting these standards, please check with HandyDART Customer Service at 604.575.6600, option 5, prior to booking your trip.
Additionally, we cannot accommodate lightweight transport wheelchairs as they cannot be properly and safely secured on HandyDART.
Transfer chairs are designed for transferring people short distances over smooth surfaces, and mainly indoors. The main difference between a standard wheelchair and transfer chairs is that standard wheelchairs are designed with large wheels so that the user can self-propel, while transfer chairs have small wheels and are designed to be pushed from behind by someone else.
These chairs are not accepted for transporting customers on HandyDART vehicles or to and from the vehicles as they do not meet safety approvals.
Guide and Service dogs certified by the British Columbia Guide and Service Dog Act are allowed on HandyDART vehicles at all times. They must be under the control of the handler. You may need to produce your Guide or Service Dog Certificate.
Please keep in mind that pets are never allowed on HandyDART vehicles.
Please only bring belongings with you that you can comfortably carry yourself (two bags maximum). HandyDART drivers are not expected to carry parcels. If you're unable to carry your bags or parcels by yourself, we encourage you to travel with an attendant.
Inclement Weather Restrictions
In situations where weather poses a safety concern (e.g., heavy snowfall), HandyDART may reduce the level of service delivery to Essential Service Only — providing transportation only for those attending renal dialysis appointments or cancer treatment.
All other booked rides in the area affected by the severe weather conditions will be automatically cancelled when Essential Service Only levels are invoked.
When HandyDART determines that a service area will be Essential Service Only on a day where you have a scheduled ride, you will receive an automated phone call letting you know your ride has been cancelled.