CTCL, CCTS receive Community Transportation Grants

Two local groups are among twenty recipients of Community Transportation Grants from the provincial government.

Colchester North MLA Karen Casey announced $172,492 to Colchester Transportation Cooperative Ltd. (CTCL) at the group's office in Truro on Friday morning.

She also announced over $213,000 for the Cumberland County Transportation Society (CCTS), with $146,360 coming from the Community Transportation Assistance Program and another $67,389 through the Accessible Transportation Assistance Program.

CTCL Manager Susan Taylor thanks Casey for the funding, saying their group has grown by leaps and bounds over the last three years with five buses on the road.

Taylor says they've had 113 new clients in the past year, including five this week.

CCTS Operations Manager Helen Sims says they're down to three buses from five due to difficulties in trying to keep up with repairs, but Friday's funding will help the group buy two more buses.

Casey points out that both services help people for a variety of reasons, with Taylor adding that there's a stigma some people associate with the service because the buses are wheelchair accessible.

Taylor says they don't just help people get to hospital appointments, but are also there for students and seniors and anyone without transportation.

She says CTCL also has a charter license for all of Nova Scotia, while Sims says CCTS can cover from Moncton and Sussex to Halifax.