Have your say on handyDART

Tags:  2023 | News Release
Date Released: November 7, 2023

The Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) and BC Transit have launched a review of the handyDART service.

handyDART, is an accessible, door-to-door shared transit service for people with permanent or temporary disabilities that prevent them from using fixed-route transit without assistance from another person.

The focus of the review is to gather insights and experiences from residents. This feedback will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of handyDART transit services in our community.

The handyDART review includes two surveys and focus groups which will take place in the coming weeks. One survey is focused on handyDART users and BC Transit is reaching out directly to users of the service to hear from them. Users of handyDART can also get copies of this survey from handyDART drivers.

The second survey is open for submissions until December 15 and is available online by clicking here. This survey is looking for responses from those in the community who are not users of the handyDART service but may be involved in the care of a handyDART client or be a representative of a community group that cares for, or advocates for, handyDART clients. This survey is also open to community members who would like to provide their input on the handyDART service.

Participation will directly contribute to a forthcoming handyDART Services Report, which will outline potential improvements and enhancements to benefit handyDART riders and caregivers in the region.

Paper copies of surveys are available at the following locations.

  • Gibsons and District Public Library, 470 South Fletcher Road, Gibsons
  • Gibsons and Area Community Centre, 700 Park Road, Gibsons
  • Gibsons and District Aquatic Facility, 953 Gibsons Way
  • Gibsons Seniors Society, 686 Harmony Lane, Gibsons
  • Sechelt Public Library, 5797 Cowrie Street, Sechelt
  • Sechelt Aquatic Centre, 5500 Shorncliffe Avenue, Sechelt
  • SCRD Field Road Administration Offices, 1975 Field Road, Sechelt
  • Sechelt Seniors Activity Centre, 5604 Trail Avenue, Sechelt

Focus groups will take place in late November and we need members of the community to take part. If you are interested in contributing to this review, you can register your interest at letstalk.scrd.ca/handydart or by clicking here.

Your input is key to unlocking a more accessible, efficient, and reliable transit future for the Sunshine Coast.