New addition to the TCTS fleet
By Heather Killen, The Spectator
A $50,000 grant from the province has helped a local transportation service purchase a new van that will get more people out and about.
Trans County Transportation Society (TCTS) is a charitable organization that started over 10 years ago to provide safe and cost effective transportation services to people in Annapolis and western Kings counties who are unable to use public transportation.
TCTS purchased this new wheelchair accessible vehicle with $50,000 from the province’s Accessible Transportation Assistance Program. This program provides up to 50 per cent of the total capital costs, to a maximum of $50,000, for new vehicles.
Since TCTS started it has grown from two aging minivans to a fleet of seven mini-vans, two mini-buses and several wheelchair accessible vehicles. This new addition will carry 21 passengers and three wheelchairs.
Debbie Decker, TCTS general manager said this $130,000 low-floor van is a welcome addition to the TCTS fleet and will provide easy walk-on access for seniors, people with walkers, or those passengers with scooters or wheelchairs.
“We’ve waited a long time for this one,” said Decker. “I was so excited when the grant was approved.”
John MacDonell, minister for Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, cut the ribbon on the new accessible van in Bridgetown on June 11.
“We all use some form of transportation for almost everything we do, such as going to work or school, buying groceries, taking part in community activities, or visiting with friends or family, or getting to medical appointments,” said MacDonell. “We are committed to making life better for families and seniors and this funding helps the local organization provide affordable and accessible transportation for those who need it.”
In addition to the $50,000 from the Accessible Transportation Assistance Program, TCTS also received funding from the Valley Credit Union, as well as using a portion of the annual funding received from Kings and Annapolis counties.
“Trans County Transportation Society wishes to thank the province for the $50,000 grant it received to assist with the acquisition of a 2013 low-floor accessible vehicle,” said Phil Milo, chair of the society’s board.
“This vehicle allows the society to partner with the Annapolis County Housing Corporation by providing valuable transportation options to the residents that call these facilities home. Without the support of the Accessible Transportation Assistance Program, we could not offer these residents the quality of life they deserve.”