KINGS PARA-TRANSIT Announces New Accessible Minibus to meet Kings County Residents' Needs



    KENTVILLE, NS, Oct. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - A terrific addition has been made to
Kings Para-Transit (KPT)'s fleet. The new 12-seater bus has the ability to
securely transport four passengers who use wheelchairs.
    The purchase of this new vehicle was made possible through $31,285 in
funding from the Government of Canada's Public Transit Fund under the joint
Canada-Nova Scotia Community Transit Funding Agreement, as well as a $15000
contribution from EKM Health Foundation Wolfville and $6500 from the
Physicians for Philanthropy organization in Kentville.
    "Support for improved public transit is one way Canada's New Government
is investing in infrastructure which encourages a growing economy, a cleaner
environment, and a more secure Canada," said Senator Gerald Comeau on behalf
of the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and
Communities. "Investments such as this new transit bus support vibrant
communities in the regions they serve by making it easier for everyone to use
the system."
    KPT Board Member Hugh Witty says you can't miss the KPT vehicles on Kings
County roads due to their bright blue colour.
    The bus, like all of KPT's vehicles, is available to all persons with
disabilities, whether these are long-term or temporary. All drivers are
specially trained to ensure clients are transported with care, courtesy and
safety. Drivers have cell phones so any last minute itinerary changes can be
addressed.
    The new bus is available now to transport clients to medical
appointments, to work, or just for personal commitments. The vehicle can be
booked once in a while or every day. The service is available normally 5 days
a week but requests for other times will be accommodated if at all possible.
Any Kings County resident who has a disability, as well as seniors (especially
those living away from Kings Transit routes) can access Kings Para-Transit's
services. Door-to-door service is provided.
    KPT Service has to be booked - normally at least 24 hours ahead.
    It costs just $10 for a one-time membership of KPT to access the service,
and you can book rides, get application forms and check the cost of a journey
on the Website at www.kingsparatransit.ca. For additional information on Kings
Para-Transit contact the Operations Manager Helen Woodward.

    Kings Para-Transit is a federally registered charity, and has operated
under the Nova Scotia Societies Act since 1999. Kings Para-Transit
acknowledges the ongoing support of: Service Nova Scotia & Municipal
Relations, Municipality of County of Kings, Town of Wolfville, Town of
Kentville and Michelin North America (Canada) Inc.

    Through the $400 million Public Transit Fund, Canada's New Government is
supporting investments in public transit infrastructure in cities and
communities. Public Transit Funds are allocated to provinces and territories
on a per capita basis and support environmental outcomes of cleaner air and
lowered greenhouse emissions.




For further information:

For further information: Helen Woodward, Operations Manager, Kings
Para-Transit Society, (902) 681-2846, Fax: (902) 681-2044,
kpt@ns.aliantzinc.ca; www.kingsparatransit.ca; Karine White, Press Secretary,
Office of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, (613)
991-0700; Infrastructure Canada, (613) 948-1148


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