Government of Nova Scotia

Government of Nova Scotia

January 25, 2010 13:50 ET

Canada and Nova Scotia Deliver Accessible Transportation Services for Residents of East Hants

ENFIELD, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 25, 2010) - Residents of East Hants will benefit from two new accessible minivans, thanks to investments from the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia. The announcement was made today by Scott Armstrong, Member of Parliament for Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley, and Gary Burrill, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley, on behalf of Ramona Jennex, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.

"Today's announcement is an example of the Government of Canada working in partnership with the province to support and strengthen Canadian communities," said MP Armstrong. "This public transit investment will provide reliable and safe transportation for the residents of Nova Scotia."

The East Hants Adult Learning Association, which provides accessible transportation to the community through its East Hants Alternative Transportation Service, received funding of $45,458 from the Government of Nova Scotia to purchase the first minivan, which has been operating since April. Following high demand for its services from the community, the association purchased a second minivan with a $45,616 contribution from the Government of Canada through the federal Public Transit Capital Trust 2008.

"These buses will not only provide safe, reliable and accessible transportation for the residents of East Hants, they allow for future growth in this area," said MLA Burrill. "Through our partnership with our federal government and community leaders, we are a step closer to building a greener future for all."

The launch of the new accessible vehicles will help to accommodate the growing number of residents who require this transit service in East Hants. With a six-passenger capacity, or room for two wheelchairs and a single passenger, the new minivans will run five days a week and will increase the wheelchair-accessible services being offered, as well as expand existing transit services for local and regional communities.

"We are thrilled with the tremendous support we have received from both the federal and provincial governments. These grants have allowed us to purchase safe, reliable and wheelchair-accessible vehicles, vehicles that we are confident in for transporting our members," said Glenda Hill, chairperson of the East Hants Adult Learning Association. "Our membership has grown significantly over the past couple of years, and with our new vans we are secure in knowing that we can continue to provide transportation service to our community."

In Budget 2008, the Government of Canada provided $500 million for the Public Transit Capital Trust, which helps to fund public transit projects such as rapid transit, transit buses, and high-occupancy vehicle and bicycle lanes.

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Contact Information

  • Deborah Bayer
    Canada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure Secretariat
    Media Relations
    Transport Canada, Ottawa
    Beth Sellick
    East Hants Adult Learning Association