Provincial funding to improve transit accessibility

By Charles Lefebvre
March 12, 2019 - 5:14pm Updated: March 12, 2019 - 7:02pm


MEDICINE HAT, AB — Accessibility for all riders of Medicine Hat Transit will be the focus of new funding from the provincial government

Last week, Transportation Minister Brian Mason announced funding under the Alberta Community Transit Fund for 33 projects across Alberta. Medicine Hat is receiving $160,000 for construction of bus stop infrastructure.

Simon Amos, manager of community access with the city, says the money will be used to improve accessibility at bus stops.

“We have a 100 per cent accessible transit system, so we need to ensure that those bus stops where people need to access the transit are accessible,” he said. “So, accessible by wheelchair, or by any other kind of aids people have.

Amos says in 2018, the city upgraded 17 bus stops, which includes measures such as concrete pads and curb cuts.

He says the city will be meeting with members of the Transit Advisory Committee and bus drivers in the coming months to determine the areas most in need of upgrading.

“We will prioritize where the most traffic is, and where we can get the most people affected by lack of access,” said Amos.


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