TaxiSaver program dies as Translink cuts hit people with disabilities, seniors

Translink’s TaxiSaver program is headed for elimination as the beleaguered transit agency struggles to find “efficiencies” ordered by the Translink fare commissioner just weeks ago.

That means funding formerly available to help seniors and people with disabilities, by giving them a 50 percent discount on taxi fares, has been reallocated to HandyDART.

Translink says this will actually improve service and save$1.1 million at the same time. But the bottom line is clear: the money is going to HandyDart and TaxiSaver users are losing flexibility, even though they pay half of their fares.

The BC Coalition of People with Disabilities and the Council of Senior Citizens’ organizations are greeting the news with dismay.