Vancouver, British Columbia – Metro Vancouver’s HandyDART mobility transit service is seeking to increase its essential service level after striking workers voted down a negotiated agreement.

HandyDART has been operating at an essential service level since October 25, 2009 following a strike by Local 1724 of the Amalgamated Transit Union.  At that time, the Labour Relations Board ruled that HandyDART trips for renal dialysis and cancer patients were essential.

MVT Canadian Bus, which operates the service, will file an application with the Labour Relations Board over the coming days to seek an increase to essential services levels, and will proceed with the application as quickly as possible, the company said.

HandyDART provides transportation to customers who are unable to use public transit without assistance, including many seniors, the seriously ill, and persons with cognitive or physical disabilities.

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