What would it take for all Citizens in Calgary to be able to move around our City?
- Some citizens who rely on Access Calgary as a lifeline cannot rely on the services. People are then asked to find another way or pay more.
- Is this fair?
The Disability Action Hall has written to elected officials and planners to ask Access Calgary Services to change the service area to City Wide; Currently, some Calgarians living more than 1000 meters from a bus stop or asking to be dropped off more than a distance of 1000 meters cannot get service.
We feel this rule hinders all 15,000 Customers who use Access Calgary Services. We would like Access Calgary services to get more funding in order to provide City Wide Service.
If you feel strongly about this guideline that needs to be changed, please write your elected official today!
Here is our letter to the Calgary Mayor and City Councilors:
- Social Impacts: Reducing transportation choices may increase health risks & decrease financial well-being for Calgarians with reduced mobility, resulting in social isolation & poverty.[ii]
- Strategic Alignment: The current policy does not align with the vision for the 2020 Sustainability Direction goals of creating a sustainable City.
- Equity: Customers living with low-income impacts the ability to pay for a public service: 15,000 Calgarians, including Senior Citizens and people with disabilities, some have restricted public access with unpredictable financial costs for those who wish to contribute to the economy, celebrate citizenship and benefit connecting to friends, family, and places of worship and live in our city.
- Approve additional funding for Access Calgary to provide service for all customers to the city limits of Calgary.
- To explore the financial impact of increasing the eligibility distance from 1 km to City Limit Service.[v]
- Grandfathering existing customers who use to receive service more than 1 km from a bus stop.
- Phase in City Limit Service by having a 1-year pilot to explore operational costs.
- Enforce equity across all City subsidized service fees for Calgarians living on low-income, in particular for taxpayers who require trips outside the 1 km zone from a City Transit bus stop, to pay a reduced rate as outlined in the Fair Calgary[vi] policy.
- The Calgary Metropolitan Plan to include Access Calgary Services in a regional public transit agreement with outlying municipalities.[vii]