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Here's the latest of these endless "We have to cut services to the bone for those who need them most because the cupboard is bare!" stories, as reported by the GStraight's Yolande Cole:
A TransLink program that has been used since 1990 as a transportation option for people with disabilities will be phased out beginning this summer.
Coupons for the TaxiSaver program, which allows HandyCard holders to call a taxi directly and get service at a 50 percent discount, will no longer be accepted as of June 2013....
...The Council of Seniors Citizens’ Organizations of B.C. (COSCO) and the B.C. Coalition of People with Disabilities said in a statement today (May 16) they are “extremely disappointed” that the TaxiSaver program is being phased out.
“This will definitely have a negative impact on seniors living on low income and frail seniors who use taxi savers,” said Lorraine Logan, the vice president of COSCO.
Jill Weiss, the chair of the City of Vancouver’s Persons with Disabilities Advisory Committee, said the TaxiSaver coupons have two important functions.
“One is to enable people to have rides on the same day, which right now, with the HandyDart system, seniors and people with disabilities can’t, and it also provides rides when the HandyDart system is too booked,” Weiss told the Straight by phone.
“It’s a very important system, and it’s the cheapest system the government has to provide rides to seniors and people with disabilities who can’t use the bus.”...
Any minute now, despite the front-end spin that the savings will go into improved Handi-Dart services, I'd be willing to take pretty short odds that a Translink spokesthingy will soon back-end defend this egregious cut on the basis that the (not)Premier told them they have to cut $30 million out of their budget to come up with the money to help finish the Evergreen line.
Meanwhile, what the heck is "BC Ideas" all about....And whose snouts are in the trough on that one?...(more later)...