BC Bus Pass
Offers a lower cost, annual bus pass for low income seniors and people receiving disability assistance. Valid in communities serviced by BC Transit or TransLink. Valid for the eligible rider and is non-transferable. Handy Dart is not included. Cost is $45 per year and not prorated. To qualify, must be receiving any of following:
•Receiving Federal Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS), or the Federal Allowance, or the Allowance for the Survivor;
•18 – 64 years of age and receiving Persons with Disability (PWD) assistance from the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation;
•60 – 64 years of age and receiving Income Assistance from the Province of British Columbia;
•Over 65 years of age and would qualify for GIS but does not meet the Canadian 10 year residency requirement;
•18 – 64 years of age, living on a First Nations reserve and receiving disability assistance from the band office; or
•60 – 64 years of age, living on a First Nations reserve and receiving assistance from the band office.
BC Ferries Discounts
Seniors: B.C. Free sailing between Monday-Thursday for seniors on passenger fares on some routes and sailings. Please present your B.C. Services Card, B.C. Gold Care Card (age 65 or greater), or either a valid BC Driver's License, BC Identification Card or Birth Certificate coupled with proof of residency in BC when you arrive at the terminal. Not available for some peak dates and routes (exact days and routes on website).
Better at Home
Tel: 604-536-9348 (Central Intake)
For seniors, 65 years and older and aimed at helping individuals stay in their homes. Offers transportation to appointments, light housekeeping, yard work, social programs, friendly visitors and grocery shopping. A small fee for some services, on a sliding scale depending on income. Services vary somewhat depending on region so call the central intake number for further details.
Concession transit fares
Less expensive transit fares for HandyCard holders. Also for seniors 65 years and older and youth 14 to 18 years with valid photo identification proving age, and children 5 to 13 years. Children under 5 years ride free when accompanied by an adult (maximum 4 children per adult).
There are great cycling routes in Surrey and the network continues to expand.
For transit users with a permanent physical or cognitive disability. If you live within the TransLink service area, HandyCard lets you travel for Concession fares on the bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus and West Coast Express. If you’re accompanied by someone who assists you they can ride for free. HandyCard can’t be used on HandyDart.
Tel: 604-575-6600 (book a trip) 604-953-3680 (sign up)
A door-to-door shared-ride service makes going places easier. It uses specially-equipped vehicles designed to carry passengers with physical or cognitive disabilities who need assistance to using public transit. If you have a physical or cognitive disability and are unable to use public transit without assistance, you’re eligible to use HandyDART. To apply, print out the application form from the website and send in or call 604-953-3680.
Taxi Saver Program
TaxiSaver is available for people with permanent disabilities who have a HandyCard. Intended for emergencies or periodic use. Customer pays $25 per book which gives them $50 worth of taxi coupons. These are then used to pay for taxi rides. Must apply. The application has to be signed by a doctor and takes about 6 weeks.