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Canada: Province funds new sustainable transportation projects

HALIFAX – People in communities across Nova Scotia will soon have access to more transportation choices that are better for their health and for the environment.

Energy Minister Charlie Parker announced grants totaling $918,655 Tuesday for 28 community groups across Nova Scotia for Nova Scotia Moves Sustainable Transportation Program projects.

“We want to make it easier for Nova Scotians to walk, bike and take public transit to get where they need to go,” Parker said. “We’re happy to see so many eligible projects in literally every corner of the province. Sustainable transportation is a priority and it’s wonderful toMore be able to work with community groups to roll out projects that will improve so many people’s lives.”

The grants will support projects ranging from new bike paths and walking trails to collective approaches to public transit for more rural communities.

The Cumberland County Transportation Service received $20,000 to introduce a second paid driver to its service. The Cumberland Transportation Service provides door-to-door transport to residents with financial or physical challenges. The project has three drivers, but only one is paid and volunteer staffing has not been sustainable.

“It’s the hardest thing in the world to turn someone down who desperately needs a drive to a medical appointment because you just don’t have the room for anybody else,” said Susan Belliveau, manager of Cumberland County Transportation Service. “The Nova Scotia Moves grant we received means we can hire another driver to pick up passengers we previously could not have taken.
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