Province increases funding for community-based transportation groups

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TRURO - Colchester Transportation Cooperative Ltd., (CTCL) is among 14 community-based transportation organizations that are receiving increased funding from the province.

Municipal Affairs Minister Mark Furey announced Tuesday that the province is providing $1 million in new funding for public and community-based transit and $500,000 in additional funding for the Community Transportation Assistance Program.

CTCL's share this year is $129,310.

Last year the Truro-based cooperative received $112,742.

The program offsets operating expenses for transit groups that provide affordable transportation in low-population density areas of the province at a per capita rate. Municipalities and non-profit, community-based organizations can apply for funding once they have completed a feasibility study, a business plan and a pilot project.

"We want Nova Scotians to be able to choose where they live and work, so it is important that they have access to public transportation to get them where they need to go," Furey said. "This new funding will help municipalities and community organizations provide and maintain reliable and affordable transit service."

The $1 million in new funding for public and community-based transit will go to Cape Breton Transit and Kings Transit Authority, which serves Hants, Kings, Annapolis and Digby Counties.

A portion of those funds has also been allocated for anticipated new transit service providers and the Accessible Transportation Assistance Program.

The $500,000 additional funding for the Community Transportation Assistance Program will be distributed to the 14 community-based transit organizations providing door-to-door service in rural Nova Scotia. The total program budget in 2014-15 is $1.15 million.

Organizations: Cape Breton Transit and Kings Transit Authority

Geographic location: Nova Scotians, Hants, Annapolis Nova Scotia

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