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Kim Lyster and Councilor Randy Manuel take a ride on the new handyDart bus. (Photo: Contributed)
Kim Lyster and Councilor Randy Manuel take a ride on the new handyDart bus. (Photo: Contributed)

New HandyDart Bus

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A new handyDart bus has started taking people for rides in Penticton.

The handyDART bus program averages 500 riders per month and travels about 30,300 kilometres per year taking people with physical disabilities around the South Okanagan.

Executive Director of the Penticton District Community Resources Society, Kim Lyster, says the new bus, a 2006 Ford, went into service on Monday.

“It was absolutely critical that we got a new bus as the other one was old and it broke down frequently, causing interruptions in service. The City of Penticton and BC Transit worked in collaboration with the Society to procure a new bus and we’re looking forward to providing uninterrupted service,” says Lyster.

She says the new handyDart bus is equipped with lift and tie-down systems that allow it to accommodate up to six wheelchairs and four other passengers in stationary seats.

“Riders have already commented that they feel more comfortable with the improved lift and tie-down systems,” said Lyster.

She says each tie-down station is also equipped with a seat that folds down when the station is not needed for a wheelchair, to ensure flexibility and accessibility for riders with different types of mobility issues.

The PDCRS is planning to retain the old bus as a backup to further reduce the possibility of service interruptions to riders throughout the South Okanagan.

The handyDart Program is funded by the City and BC Transit.

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