Government is supporting two sustainable transportation projects in the Halifax area aimed at improving mobility and access to transportation.
Halifax Chebucto MLA Joachim Stroink, on behalf of Energy Minister Michel Samson, announced today, Nov. 10, that CarShare Atlantic and Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) will receive funding from the province’s sustainable transportation grant program, Connect2.
“Practical transportation is a concern for many,” said Mr. Stroink. “I am proud to announce government support for two projects that offer solutions for Halifax residents.”
With a $10,000 grant from Connect2 and its own matching funds, CarShare Atlantic will support the Dynamic Duo program. The program allows university students with a Halifax Transit UPass and families with an EPass to use CarShare at a special rate.
“Car sharing plays a key part in the sustainable mobility mix,” said Pam Cooley, president of CarShare Atlantic. “It supports people who walk, bike if they are physically able, and take transit. When those options aren’t the right fit, they can take a CarShare vehicle.”
Halifax Regional Municipality will use $15,000 from Connect2 and $100,000 of its own funds for public consultation on its Integrated Mobility Plan. The plan will address how to improve efficient and affordable mobility in Halifax.
“The Integrated Mobility Plan is focused on improving transportation to better connect our residents to their communities,” said Bob Bjerke, HRM’s chief planner and director, planning and development. “The Connect2 funding will assist our efforts to engage with residents and learn more about their travel needs and aspirations as we aim to improve how we move.”
Connect2 is intended to create and promote active transportation options for trips of two kilometers or less between community hubs in rural and urban parts of the province.
More projects will be announced in the coming weeks, and all will be completed by March 10, 2017.
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