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Regional Handibus Feasibility Study Underway
Posted Date: 1/25/2018 3:15 PM
Handibus Feasibility Study Image Six area municipalities are collaborating on a project to determine the feasibility of a regional handibus service.

The City of Grande Prairie, the County of Grande Prairie, the towns of Wembley, Beaverlodge and Sexsmith, and the Village of Hythe have hired Watt Consulting Group to undertake the study. The project is due for completion by June.

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

The consultant project team will be in the region the week of Jan. 29 to visit the communities involved in the project, interview stakeholder groups and examine existing services. Interviews by phone will also be conducted.

This initial round of information gathering will be used to develop a preliminary summary of transportation needs and opportunities in the region. These preliminary findings will be further refined by a steering committee composed of municipal representatives and then will go out for further public feedback through open houses and surveys planned for early April.

The goal of the project is to improve mobility options primarily for seniors and disabled residents to attend to basic needs such as medical and dental appointments, shopping, and social outings. For a significant number of seniors, disabled residents, and others with less travel options, safe and reliable transportation is limited or not available in smaller rural communities.

“We will look at current community resources and travel patterns, examine gaps and opportunities for improvement and provide recommendations on how to address the most critical resident transportation needs,” says Tania Wegwitz, Sr. Transportation Planner & Transit Lead at Watt Consulting Group.

“We’re pleased to work with this partnership comprised of diverse communities. We look forward to lending our experience in specialized transportation and innovative approaches to serving smaller communities with this initiative.”

The consultancy will provide its recommendation to the project steering committee which, in turn, will share findings with respective Councils for consideration.

Residents or stakeholders with enquiries about the study can contact the project team at or 780-800-2957, Ext. 434.