City looking for future options for accessible transportation
A Disabled Transportation Society bus, Photo: Grande Prairie Disabled Transportation Society
The City of Grande Prairie has sent out a request for information to accessible transportation services providers in order to help determine future options for the industry.
Stemming from the completion of the 2018 Handibus Feasibility Study, the city is hoping to get the ball rolling on what if any changes can be made to the current transportation network.
“Our council felt that no one else was doing anything at the time in terms of moving the needle forward in this area. They decided they should at least see who is interested in providing the services that are indicated in that feasibility study,” says Transit Manager Steve Harvard.
Currently, accessible transportation is serviced by a handful of organizations in Grande Prairie, Beaverlodge, Clairmont, Hythe, Sexsmith and Wembley. Harvard hopes the RFI will unearth opportunities to expand service with either new or existing carriers.
” Maybe there is a service provider that can do more than they’re doing now and make the entire system more efficient rather than servicing one small area. That would be an efficiency model we would look at if that were the case.”
The RFI and subsequent bidding process are available online on the city’s website until May 28th.