The mission of the MARD Centre is to enhance the safety and mobility of medically at-risk drivers.


The MARD Centre is committed to improving the safety, mobility, and support of medically at-risk and medically impaired drivers and all road users. The MARD Centre also is committed to reducing the social and health impacts, as well as the economic costs, associated with medically impaired driving.


  • TO IMPLEMENT AND EVALUATE INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS that support medically at-risk/impaired drivers and their families
  • TO DEVELOP AND DISSEMINATE EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS that inform and promote community engagement on issues related to medically at-risk/impaired drivers and their families
  • TO DEVELOP KNOWLEDGE, SOLUTIONS, PRACTICES, AND SERVICES that recognize and address the differences between rural and urban communities 

Request For Proposals (RFP)

 Rural Regional Alternate Transportation for Seniors Project

Submission Due Date – February 9, 2018

The Medically At-Risk Driver (MARD) Centre is inviting proposals from interested rural coalitions (e.g., Alberta community organizations, rural municipalities, counties, or municipal districts) to work with MARD on developing a regional alternate transportation for seniors (ATS) service in a remote area in Alberta. The expectation is that this regional ATS service will consist of two or more organizations in a defined region in rural Alberta interacting to jointly accomplish their transportation objectives through the development of a coordinated model of ATS service delivery.

Proposals will be accepted from interested parties that have:
  • Identified the need for regional ATS services;
  • Organizations/service providers in a number of locations within their defined region that have formally committed (e.g., have letters of commitment) to collaborating on developing and implementing a regional ATS service in a rural area in Alberta;
  • Identified development and implementation of a coordinated ATS service provision within the region as the goal of the proposal;
  • Baseline funding must be in place to assist in the development and implementation of a coordinated ATS service provision within the region; and
  • The proposal must demonstrate capacity to undertake the project.
Proposal Submission Instructions

For more information, please contact MARD at mard@ualberta.ca  

Alberta Provincial Transportation Needs Assessment of Seniors and Persons with Disabilities

In 2016-2017, Banister Research, under contract to the Medically At-Risk Driver (MARD) Centre at the University of Alberta, conducted a Provincial Transportation Needs Assessment of seniors and persons with disabilities (PWD). One of MARD's goals was to make the results available to communities throughout the province. As such, we have posted results related to seniors for the province as a whole, and for each of the 5 Alberta Health Zones (e.g., the North Zone, Edmonton Zone, Central Zone, Calgary Zone, and South Zone). There also is separate report on the unmet transportation needs of PWD.

Each of the 5 reports related to seniors provides valuable feedback on the unmet transportation needs of seniors and what seniors in your communities think alternate transportation for seniors (ATS) services should look like. The separate report on the unmet transportation needs of PWD provides valuable feedback on the unmet transportation needs of PWD what PWD think specialized transportation for PWD should look like in rural and urban Alberta.

We encourage communities throughout Alberta to access the reports and learn what seniors and PWD have to say about areas such as What is the need for ATS/ST servicesWho will use the service? What types of trips are needed? What days and what times should the service be available? How do seniors/PWD want to pay for the service?

The reports are available at no cost, and all reports can be downloaded and/or printed off for community discussions. 

To see the results for seniors for your zone or for provincial PWD, please click on the appropriate links below.


North Zone

Edmonton Zone

Central Zone


Calgary Zone

South Zone

Persons with Disabilities; Rural/Urban AB


Ongoing MARD Projects

  • New! Rural Regional Alternate Transportation for Seniors Project. 
Thank you to all communities and/or groups who submitted applications. The successful applicant was Big Lakes Family and Community Services for the development and implementation of the Big Lakes County Rural Transportation pilot. Congratulations!
  • Implementing and Assessing Transportation for Seniors (ATS) - Validation of the Transportation Toolkit for the Implementation of Alternate Transportation for Seniors in Alberta. 
MARD is pleased to be working with the Town of Pincher Creek, the successful applicant for this project.
  • Implementation and Assessment of Ride-Scheduling Software for Alternate Transportation for Seniors (ATS) Services - Alberta Pilot Project

MARD is pleased to be working with the Wetaskiwin Community Transportation Society, the successful applicant for this project. 

Community of Practice

MARD invites you to join its Community of Practice for Alternate Transportation for Seniors.

To join, please send us an email (mard@ualberta.ca) with your name, organization, and phone number.

Transportation Toolkit

This Toolkit provides communities in urban and rural Alberta with the 

resources needed for the successful development and implementation of 

sustainable, responsive models of ATS services.

Click here to download a PDF copy of the Toolkit.

Community of Practice

Community of Practice


Access the SIMARD MD and Training Videos (click here)

Printable PDF and NEW interactive version

Provincial listings of organizations providing alternative transportation for seniors

Alternate Transportation Providers in Alberta  Alternate Transportation Service Providers in BC

Manitoba Compendium Link

 Edmonton & Area Mobility Guide

8th Edition, 2017-2018

Calgary & Area Mobility Guide