Be it going to work and medical appointments, or reducing social isolation, Para Transpo is an essential service to many Ottawans with disabilities.
But between September 2012 and September 2013, over 80,000 ride requests could not be accommodated.
This needs to change - beginning with the upcoming budget!
On November 20th, the Transit Commission will meet to hear delegations and pass a budget for OC Transpo and Para Transpo.
Efficiencies alone will not solve the problem. As the City moves closer to the deadline of a barrier-free Ontario by 2025, the City needs to adhere to the spirit of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, and substantially increase funding to Para Transpo's operational budget.
We need a multi-year plan - beginning with THIS upcoming budget - to increase funding to meet demand and to expand accessibility with standard transit.
You can read more about the Ottawa 2014 Budget here.