Province supports organizations providing accessible transportation

Americas, August 29 2013

More Nova Scotians will have easier access to safe, affordable and accessible transportation in their communities, with provincial support announced on Aug. 28.

Through the Accessible Transportation Assistance Program, the province is investing more than $270,000 in rural transit organizations to buy accessible vehicles.

“Access to transportation is a necessity for people who are going to work or school, getting groceries, participating in community activities, or visiting the doctor,” said John MacDonell, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.
“This year’s funding will help seven Nova Scotia community organizations purchase new minivans and minibuses.”

The program provides up to 50 per cent of the total capital cost, to a maximum of $50,000 for new vehicles or $10,000 for used vehicles.

Danny MacGillivray, operations supervisor, Central Highlands Association of the Disabled (CHAD) of Pictou, said the $50,000 grant will be used to buy a new 18-passenger wheelchair-accessible bus.

“This grant, along with local fundraising activities, will help CHAD Transit continue to serve the residents of Pictou County in a safe, reliable and efficient manner,” said Mr. MacGillivray. “CHAD Transit continues to help those in our community who need assistance the most and, in the process, allow them to lead happier and healthier lives.”

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