The Nova Scotia Government continues to support rural transit organizations with projects within their communities. As recently as last month (August 1, 2014) I announced, on behalf of Municipal Affairs Minister Mark Furey, funding to eight rural communities under the Accessible Transportation Assistance Program. This investment of $412,000 demonstrates our commitment to helping rural Nova Scotians have greater access to inclusive transit services. Rural transportation organizations can make application to this program which provides funding up to a maximum of $70,000 for eligible projects.
Another Nova Scotia Government program that is of importance to rural Nova Scotians, and of particular interest to Tatamagouche and area, is the Transit Research Incentive
Program. The focus of this program is also transportation, and I am pleased that the local Neighbours Helping Neighbours (NHN) Society in this community has been successful in their request for $15,000 to complete a Needs Assessment and Feasibility Study.This study will focus on Community Transportation in Tatamagouche and area, with the primary objective to identify the potential for service in the area. This would include the need for commuting, for medical appointments, for recreational and personal use and for residents with physical disabilities. The study will assess existing conditions and availability of services at the present time. It will look at current demand. The study is now underway and is designed to include`Town Hall`meetings, and reaching out to local business and support groups within the community for input. It is projected that the Study and Assessment will be completed by December 2014. With the assistance of the Rural Transit Association, Mr. Harry Cook, CA, was engaged to conduct the study. He has done similar work for Bay Rides in St. Margarets Bay, and is a recently retired business consultant who has spent his entire career working with small business in Atlantic Canada.