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BC Transit reverses Taxi Saver cuts

B.C. Transit is reversing a budget cut to a program that provides discounted coupons for taxi fares to people with disabilities.

“As of this morning we've decided we'll be providing additional funding to cover any overruns,” said B.C. Transit spokesperson Joanna Morton. “It is effective immediately and we do apologize for the inconvenience it's likely caused some of the clients of our services.”

The Taxi Saver program provides half price taxi coupons for people to use when HandyDart fails to accommodate their needs, according to B.C. Transit's website. Funding is shared between B.C. Transit and municipalities and the program is available in a limited number of communities, Morton said.

In Vernon B.C. Transit had told clients no more coupons would be available until April and in Prince George the authority had halved the number of coupons people were allowed to buy, the Tyee reported yesterday.

B.C. Transit has reversed both decisions and is reviewing the program, Morton said. “We've seen a marked increase in customer use for the taxi saver program,” she said.

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