Funding for new transit announced

Rose Willigar
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PARRSBORO: Funding for new accessible transit service available to Cumberland County residents was announced by South Cumberland MLA Murray Scott on Sept. 29 at the Fundy Geological Museum in Parrsboro.
On behalf of Jamie Muir, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, Scott announced funding from the province in the amount of $69,910.
The Cumberland Transportation Service will receive $40,000 through the Accessible Transportation Assistance Program towards the purchase of two public transit vans along with the Community Transportation Assistance Program is investing $29,910 towards the operating costs of the vans.
"The first to arrive will be a 14 passenger van that is expected to arrive sometime in December," Barry Patriquin, Chair of Cumberland Transportation Service.
Patriquin added that this service will now enable Cumberland County residents who have no alternate method of travel will be able to make doctors appointments.
"This will be a door-to-door service that will also allow people with disabilities to have a service that is inclusive and affordable," Patriquin said.
Dora Fuller chair of Healthy Parrsboro has been working on transportation services for Parrsboro residents since 1995.
"Because of the population mass in Cumberland County, we were going to need outside assistance with this program. We (Healthy Parrsboro) heard of a group in Amherst trying to do the same thing so we got together and formed Cumberland County Transportation Service where we worked hard over the last nine months to get funding in place," Fuller said.
"The pilot project will run on a 1-800 basis dispatched out of Amherst. The route has not been confirmed as of yet, but will travel throughout Cumberland County helping seniors and those with disabilities make their appointments," Patriquin said.
The Chair of Cumberland Transportation Service said pending the arrival of the first van the service is expected to begin sometime in December.

Organizations: Cumberland County Transportation Service, Fundy Geological Museum

Geographic location: Cumberland County, PARRSBORO, Nova Scotia Amherst

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