Apr 3, 2018

Survey for Handibus Future

A survey launched today for area residents to participate in the Grande Prairie Regional Handibus Feasibility Study.

busThe survey is at cityofgp.com/handibusstudy. Participants can share information on their transportation needs, use and frequency of current modes of transportation services, other means of getting around, locations for travel and disability/mobility aid use. The survey enables respondents to comment on information the consultants have heard, add further feedback on challenges and opportunities, and offer feedback on potential new service levels and fares.
The City of Grande Prairie, County of Grande Prairie, the Towns of Wembley, Beaverlodge and Sexsmith, and the Village of Hythe initiated the project to improve mobility options primarily for seniors and disabled residents to attend to basic needs such as medical and dental appointments, shopping, and social outings.
Watt Consulting Group has been hired to determine the feasibility of a regional handibus service. The survey runs for three weeks and is part of a resident engagement program that includes a series of open houses on April 10 and 11.

Grande Prairie Regional Handibus Feasibility Study Open Houses

Tuesday, April 10

9:00am – 10:30am Grande Prairie Rotary Community Room, 9839 103 Ave.

11:30am – 1:00pm Wembley Silver & Gold Pioneer Club, 9816 101 St.

1:30pm – 3:00pm Hythe & District Pioneer Home, 10103 100 St.

3:30pm – 5:00pm Beaverlodge Neighbourhood Resource Centre, 400-10th St.

Wednesday, April 11

9:00am – 10:30am Grande Prairie Grande Prairie & District Golden Age Centre, 10222 101 Ave.

11:30am – 1:00pm Sexsmith Sexsmith & District Seniors Association (Sunset Homes), 9702 97 Ave.

2:00pm – 3:30pm Clairmont Lakeview Seniors Complex, 9432 113 Ave.

Input collected through the open houses and survey will be added to what has already been heard from stakeholders. This commentary will be used to refine final service proposals. The consultancy will provide its recommendation to the project steering committee which will share findings with respective Councils. The project is due for completion by June. It is funded by a $67,500 Alberta Community Partnership grant obtained by the Town of Wembley.

Residents or stakeholders with enquiries about the study can contact the project team at
HandibusStudy@wattconsultinggroup.com or 780-800- 2957, Ext. 434.