Strait Area Transit Receives Provincial Funding

Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations (to March 31, 2014)

March 12, 2010 9:14 AM

More residents in Inverness County will have access to public transit with provincial funding of $130,000 announced today, March 12, to buy an accessible van and expand service for Strait Area Transit.

"This service will provide safe, accessible and affordable transportation for more people in Inverness County," said Ramona Jennex, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. "This is a positive step towards building a greener, healthier, and more sustainable environment."

The funding is for the purchase of a van that will accommodate two wheelchairs or four passengers and provide door-to-door service. Strait Area Transit, which services Richmond County, Mulgrave, and southern Inverness County, will pilot an expanded service to most of Inverness County.

"This affects everyone positively. Public transportation is important for our senior population, persons with disabilities, low income residents, students and the entire population of the four municipalities," said Almon Chisholm, chairman of Strait Area Transit. "The minister understands and relates to the transportation needs in rural Nova Scotia."

Community-based accessible transportation services are operating in 11 counties across Nova Scotia.


FOR BROADCAST USE:

     More residents in Inverness County will have access to

public transit.

     Provincial funding of 130-thousand dollars was announced

today (March 12th) for the purchase of an accessible van and the

expansion of service for Strait Area Transit.

     Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister Ramona

Jennex says the service will provide safe, accessible and

affordable transportation to Inverness County.

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