CTCL adds new bus

Sherry Martell
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TRURO - For 81-year-old Kees van Kroonenburg, the Colchester Transportation Co-operative Limited (CTCL) bus service is a vital link to destinations outside his home.
The Bible Hill resident has been using the co-operative's services for about a year, since developing serious vision problems.
"I needed help," he said, after boarding the bus on Friday morning to go shopping with Mia, his wife of 57 years. "I wasn't allowed to drive. It means a whole lot to me to get around and to get from point A to B."
He said at first he had tried using taxi services to reach desired destinations but on a fixed income it was too expensive for the senior couple.
"You can depend on these people, better than any train or plane. They are always on time or early. I give them a triple A for service."
Service has just improved for co-operative clients with the recent addition of a new 18-seat bus or four wheelchair spaces and 10 seats. The new vehicle will become the
co-op's primary vehicle and replaces a 2001, 16-seat bus with space for two wheelchairs, which will now be used to supplement services.
"It's the difference between day and night," said bus driver Rod Higgins. "It's like driving a car, this one."
The new bus has a larger passenger capacity, has cloth seats, larger windows and is a quieter ride.
Higgins said having the new bus on the road relieves a great deal of pressure and worry about potential breakdowns that could affect his clientele.
"You have people depending on you and you hate to let them down," he said.
CTCL is a non-profit co-operative that has operated the on-call door-to-door bus service in Colchester County for the past decade, striving to fill the transportation needs of hundreds of citizens each week, of all ages or abilities.
They cater to the specific needs of clients from taking them to shopping centres or to doctor's appointments to visiting family or friends.
Theresa Higgins, CTCL manager, said purchasing a new bus is something she had never thought possible, but with the help of several levels of government it has become a reality.
The $86,733 cost for the bus was partially funded under the Federal Public Transit Capital Funds-Community Transit Applications program ($60,000), as well as, the provincial Accessible Transportation Assistance Program ($20,000) and a grant from the Municipality of Colchester County.

smartell@trurodaily.com

Organizations: Colchester Transportation Co, Federal Public Transit Capital Funds-Community Transit Applications

Geographic location: Colchester County

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