Thunder Bay Transit to take over service for disabled
HAGI executive director says he will hold the 'city's feet to the fire' to maintain services
Posted: Dec 18, 2012 8:19 AM ET
Last Updated: Dec 18, 2012 8:20 AM ET
The city will go ahead with plans to take over Thunder Bay's transit service for those with disabilities, despite concerns from the current providers.
The executive director of HAGI transit spoke out against the move, saying it's already difficult to meet the growing demand for bus service among people with physical disabilities. But at its Monday night meeting, council voted to bring the services currently provided by HAGI in-house by January 2014.HAGI Transit executive director Cal Rankin says he will be watching the city closely as it moves Thunder Bay's para-transit service in-house. (Jeff Walters/CBC)
HAGI executive director Cal Rankin said, even with the city takeover, he'll still be looking out for those who use the service.
"Our task will be to hold council's feet to the fire to ensure that what they said tonight becomes a reality,” he said.
Rankin had many questions, asking if the city had a plan.
“Are you going to have more vehicles? They've alluded to a few things in certain documents, but no concrete plans that say ‘we're going to need this many more vans to provide the service to this many more people’.”
HAGI board member Dave Koivisto said the city will be able to provide appropriate service if it listens to their concerns.
"We fully will embrace the decision of the council, if the consumer services will be at least maintained, if not improved,” he said.
Administration noted the change will save the city $250,000 annually. However, there are start-up costs, with renovations to the transit garage ringing in at more than $1 million.
Latest Thunder Bay News Headlines
- Elevator workers picket courthouse construction
- Picketing elevator maintenance workers greeted crews heading in to work at the new courthouse in Thunder Bay on Friday morning. more »
- Drones could help fight forest fires
- Unmanned planes could soon be helping fight forest fires in the northwest if a Lakehead University professor's research pans out. more »
- Stranded campers get out of park on temporary road
- Campers and staff at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park made it out of the park last night. more »
- First Nations hit hard by 'suicide contagion'
- A Sudbury clinical psychologist says young people are more likely to consider suicide if they know of someone their age who has taken their own life. more »
Top News Headlines
- Will Rob Ford's supporters leave Ford Nation?
- The growing controversy over a purported video alleging to show Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine may be testing the faith of even his most die-hard supporters. But experts say Ford's policies may trump whatever personal issues he's facing, and that his supporters may rally behind him. more »
- Hockey Canada votes to ban bodychecking in peewee hockey
- Neil Macdonald: How serious is Obama about curbing the drone surge?
- In a key speech this week, the U.S. president set out a host of supposed new safeguards for America's controversial practice of remote-controlled rough justice. But as Neil Macdonald writes, the underlying rationale for drone use has not fundamentally changed. more »
- Ontario man lost in Australian mountains has survival skills
- The sister of an Ontario man who disappeared in Australia's Snowy Mountains nearly two weeks ago says she remains hopeful he will be found, partly because of his training as a Canadian Forces reservist. more »
- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford denies using crack cocaine
- The mayor of Canada's largest city told a packed news conference that he doesn't use crack cocaine and isn't a crack addict — and new allegations surfaced Saturday involving Ford's brothers. more »