Nova Scotians get better access to community transportation

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The province is helping Nova Scotians access affordable and reliable transportation options.

The Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage says 11 organizations will receive funding under the Accessible Transportation Assistance Program (ATAP) to help purchase accessible vehicles, while 18 are receiving funds to help support annual operating costs through the Community Transportation Assistance Program (CTAP).

Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage Leo Glavine says, "Access to public transportation is essential for connecting people to employment, important appointments and maintaining independence."

According to the province, ATAP provides over $700,000 to organizations to help purchase accessible vehicles, and CTAP provides over $1.7 million in operating funding to 18 door-to-door community transit services.

Under the Accessible Transportation Assistance Program, Cumberland County Transportation Society is receiving a grant of $51,794 to purchase a 9 passenger van, East Hants Community Rider is receiving $59,533 to purchase an eight passenger van and CHAD Transit in Pictou is receiving $134,748 to purchase an 18 passenger bus along with an 8 passenger van.

Through the Community Transportation Assistance Program, Colchester Transportation Cooperative Ltd. is receiving $172,492, Cumberland County Transportation Society is receiving $146,360 and CHAD Transit in Pictou is receiving $171,569 to support their annual operating costs.

A complete list of the ATAP grant recipients can be found here and the CTAP grant recipients list can be viewed here.