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The City of Grande Prairie, County of Grande Prairie, the Towns of Wembley, Beaverlodge, and Sexsmith, and the Village of Hythe have partnered on the project in collaboration with Watt Consulting Group. This initiative is geared to addressing these residents’ ability to attend to basic needs such as medical and dental appointments, shopping, and social outings.

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Grande Prairie Regional Handibus Service: Tell us what you think! 

In April, the project team sought further feedback from residents on their travel needs and the preliminary proposals for service enhancements.  Input was gathered through seven open houses held in each of the project communities, as well as through an online survey and paper surveys.


Much thanks to all those who contributed their feedback in person and through the surveys. The Grande Prairie Regional Handibus online survey is now closed.  


The project team is now analyzing results and developing final recommendations.  The final report is anticipated to be presented to local Councils for their consideration in June 2018.


If you have any questions about this project or wish to contribute further input, please contact the survey team at HandibusStudy@wattconsultinggroup.com or 780-800-2957, Ext. 434.

More About This Project 

The initiative is being funded by a $67,500 Alberta Community Partnership grant obtained by the Town of Wembley. The project is due for completion by June.


For a significant number of seniors, residents with disabilities and others with less travel options, safe and reliable transportation is limited or not available in smaller rural communities in the Grande Prairie region. There are some existing groups delivering various types of transportation and these organizations are also providing input into this study. 

The overall objectives of the Grande Prairie Regional Handibus Feasibility Study are to:
  • Summarize resident transportation needs and opportunities for each community and across the region, with a primary focus on the travel needs of seniors and people with a disability. 
  • Determine how connections to key local and regional destinations can be delivered, coordinated and optimized as effectively as possible.
  • Deliver a final report by June 2018 that assists decision makers in moving forward on greater transportation collaboration where feasible.  
  • Provide guidance on the supporting operational aspects required to make regional handibus service sustainable.

The goal of the Regional Handibus Feasibility Study, being undertaken by Watt Consulting Group, is to improve mobility for those who have fewer transportation options, primarily for seniors and disable residents attending to basic needs such as medical and dental appointments, shopping and social outings. This effort differs from the recently announced Rural Transportation Pilot Program in that it has more of a focus on accessible, door-to-door service to key locations and eligible resident homes whereas the Provincial Pilot would be a fixed route, fixed stop service. The two projects have the ability to complement and connect and this will be reviewed.

Contact Us

To find out more about the project, please contact the project team:
Email: HandibusStudy@wattconsultinggroup.com 
Phone: 780-800-2957, Ext. 434

Last updated: 4/27/2018 10:33:11 AM