Senior citizens and persons with mobility issues in the Comox Valley will benefit by a new handyDART service in the community, thanks to funding set aside by the Province and the Comox Valley Regional District.
Comox Valley is among the first communities in British Columbia to cost-share with the Province this year for expanded handyDART services.
It will receive 900 hours of handyDART service annually, starting in 2017.
handyDART is an accessible, door-to-door transit service for people with permanent or temporary disabilities that prevent them from using
fixed-route transit. The driver of the fully accessible handyDART vehicle picks the customer up at their home and takes them right to the
door of their destination.
“I’m so pleased that Comox Valley residents who need it will have access to the services of handyDART,” Comox Valley MLA Don McRae said. “This service will make it much easier and more convenient for our seniors and those with mobility issues to get to appointments or go on outings.”
“Having the handyDART service in Comox Valley will make a positive difference in the lives of many of our residents, providing them with better access to appointments, shopping and visiting with friends and family,” said Bruce Jolliffe, chair of the Comox Valley Regional District board. “Many senior citizens and people with disabilities in our community have mobility issues and this investment will help them to better engage in the community and live their lives to the fullest.”