Government is supporting a research project that will help East Hants Community Learning Association and its transit service, East Hants Community Rider, deliver a more sustainable service to its clients.
East Hants MLA Margaret Miller, on behalf of Energy Minister Andrew Younger, announced today, Oct. 24, that government will provide $11,000 to help the organization research options for an efficient, wheelchair-accessible, eight-passenger vehicle.
"The minister and I commend the organization for thinking ahead about energy efficiency and providing accessible service in the community," said Ms. Miller. "It's clear they see the benefit in sourcing the right vehicle to meet their rural clients' needs. We're pleased to contribute to their sustainable transportation efforts."
The funding supports a full-time contract position to gather and analyze research, and work with industry experts to determine if a customized electric, hybrid, or high-efficiency vehicle is best suited for the organization's transit service. The East Hants Community Learning Association and East Hants Community Rider plan to purchase a vehicle when the research is complete in March.
"Purchasing an efficient passenger vehicle, based on research that takes into account our region's needs, is important to us," said Tanya Burke, executive director of the East Hants Community Learning Association. "We're fulfilling our mandate in increasingly sustainable, cost-effective ways."
Among its other services, the association and East Hants Community Rider help people who do not drive or have access to transportation, travel to work, medical appointments and grocery stores.
The new vehicle will complement the organization's fuel-efficient
car and two wheelchair-accessible minivans.
Funding for sustainable transportation projects is part of government's Sustainable Transportation Strategy. Visit www.novascotia.ca/sustainabletransportation
for more information.
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Government is supporting a research project that will help
East Hants Community Learning Association and East Hants
Community Rider deliver a more sustainable transit service to
Government announced today (October 24th) it will provide
11-thousand dollars for research into an efficient, wheelchair
accessible passenger vehicle.
The organization plans to purchase a vehicle when its
research is complete in March.