Canada's New Government rolls out new buses for Digby and Annapolis



    DIGBY, NS, Oct. 11 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Senator Gerald Comeau,
on behalf of the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport,
Infrastructure and Communities, today celebrated the arrival of two new buses
for the Kings Transit Authority, along with Jimmy MacAlpine, Deputy Warden of
the Municipality of the District of Digby, and Peter Newton, Warden of the
Municipality of the County of Annapolis. Canada's New Government provided
$431,228 in funding over three years from the federal Gas Tax Fund to the
Municipality of the District of Digby, which in turn will be in part applied
towards the purchase of one bus. Canada's New Government also provided
$260,785 from the Gas Tax Fund to the Municipality of the County of Annapolis,
which will be applied towards the purchase of the other bus.
    "As part of its Building Canada infrastructure plan, Canada's New
Government is investing in priority infrastructure initiatives that support a
growing economy, a cleaner environment, and a more secure Canada," said
Senator Comeau. "Residents of Digby and Annapolis will enjoy the benefits of
this new bus, which will lengthen the bus routes and accommodate more members
of our community."
    "There are several reasons why the municipal council believes we need a
bus service in the area," said Jim Thurber, Warden of the Municipality of the
District of Digby. "We have invested in the bus service to help provide a cost
effective way for people to get to work. The Digby area has a large and
growing senior population and the bus service gives them independence, and the
ability to get to medical services and to their day to day needs."
    "This is a very meaningful investment in our communities by the
Government of Canada and a wonderful example of municipal cooperation," said
Annapolis County Warden Peter Newton. "Council was pleased to allocate Gas Tax
Funds to this initiative and join with the Town of Annapolis Royal in
providing the remaining funding for our new bus. Kings Transit provides
excellent service to our residents, which will become more sustainable with a
reliable, durable and efficient bus."
    The new buses will help Kings Transit extend service from Brooklyn
(District of West Hants) to Weymouth (District of Digby). The buses are
equipped with special features designed to better accommodate seniors and
those who use wheelchairs. An external bicycle rack is available to carry two
bicycles. The buses also use the latest diesel emission technology and operate
on low sulphur fuel.

    Through its unprecedented $33-billion Building Canada infrastructure
plan, the Government of Canada will provide long-term, stable and predictable
funding to help meet infrastructure needs across Canada. Building Canada will
support a stronger, safer and better country. Over the last several months,
the Government of Canada has met with provinces, territories and the municipal
sector to discuss the Building Canada infrastructure plan with a view to
signing agreements and beginning to fund projects under the plan.




For further information:

For further information: Karine White, Press Secretary, Office of the
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, (613) 991-0700; Robert
Hersey, Program Coordinator, Municipality of the District of Digby, (902)
245-4757; Infrastructure Canada, (613) 948-1148


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