Accessible Transportation

Providing accessible transportation options for people with disabilities.

Our Goal

B.C. communities have the most accessible transportation options in Canada by 2024.

How We Measure Success

By the number of B.C. communities that have transportation options for people with disabilities.

Highlights

  • Through B.C. Air Access Program funding, constructed a terminal building at the Bella Bella Airport to provide more seating, more space for passenger traffic flow, washrooms for people with disabilities and a more comfortable facility overall with expanded services
  • Launched  a new motorcycle permit for people with disabilities for permit holders who ride motorcycles, created by SPARC BC and supported by the provincial government
  • Creating more affordable transportation options for students, including providing accessible services for students with disabilities, under the new $14.7 million Student Transportation Fund
  • Increasing handyDART service hours in B.C. communities—Kamloops, Chilliwack, Kelowna, Comox Valley, and Victoria—benefitting persons with disabilities and seniors
  • Identified accessibility as a priority in the B.C. on the Move: 10-Year Transportation Plan. Actions include:
    • Upgrading rest areas throughout B.C. to improve accessibility for persons with limited mobility, such as curb letdowns, accessible washrooms and other improvements
    • Increasing the number of wheelchair-accessible taxis in communities throughout B.C.
    • Partnering with TransLink to make additional accessibility upgrades to SkyTrain stations, including adding new and improved elevators and escalators, and removing any barriers to movement
    • Continuing to work with BC Transit to improve transit service accessibility for people with disabilities
    • Encouraging BC Ferries to continue to improve accessibility at terminals and on vessels for people with disabilities
  • Provided Compass Cards, a secure transit card that allows access to TransLink buses, SkyTrain and the SeaBus, to BC Bus Pass holders
  • Placed conditions on licensees, through the Passenger Transportation Board, to ensure licensees dispatch wheelchair accessible taxis on a priority basis and have as many wheelchair accessible taxis on the road as conventional taxis 24/7
  • Providing $1 million each year to improve access and increase safety for transit users in communities across B.C. as part of the Transit Minor Betterments Program

Read more about what we've done over the last year in the Year Two Progress Update.