Public Transit Fund brings new buses to Hants County



    WINDSOR, NS, Feb. 4 /CNW Telbec/ - Residents in Hants County can now take
advantage of new transit services offered by Kings Transit Authority,
following the arrival today of two new buses. The purchase of the buses was
made possible thanks to $260,000 from the Government of Canada's Public
Transit Fund. In addition, a further $50,000 contribution from the Public
Transit Fund means a new video surveillance system can be installed on all
Kings Transit buses to ensure the safety and security of transit riders.
    Gerald Keddy, Member of Parliament for South Shore-St. Margaret's, on
behalf of the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport,
Infrastructure and Communities, along with the Honourable Jamie Muir, Minister
of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, and Diana Brothers, member of
the Kings Transit Board of Directors, participated in today's announcement.
    The introduction of these new buses allows Kings Transit to extend
service through Hants County by creating two new routes, spanning more than
60 kilometres. The buses will provide public transit options to residents
previously dependent on personal vehicles to get around.
    "These buses will truly benefit all members of the community, improving
accessibility, flexibility and mobility for everyone," said Mr. Keddy. "The
Government of Canada knows that reliable and efficient public transit is
essential to ensuring sustainable and healthy communities, and that's why
transit projects are a priority. Funding these buses is just one way the
Government is addressing the infrastructure needs of small communities across
the nation, while contributing to a better environment."
    The buses are equipped with special features designed to better
accommodate seniors and people with disabilities. An external bicycle rack is
also available to carry two bicycles. These smaller, more fuel-efficient buses
also take advantage of the latest diesel emission technology and operate on
low sulphur fuel.
    "We are committed to improving the environmental sustainability of our
communities and our province," said Mr. Muir. "By working with our federal and
municipal counterparts, we will invest in environmental improvements that will
enhance the lives of Nova Scotians."
    These new buses are the result of the cooperation of multiple partners,
including the Town of Hantsport, the Town of Windsor, the Municipality of West
Hants, and the County of Kings. They all worked together in recognition of the
importance of transit for the sustainability and prosperity of local
communities.
    "Kings Transit gratefully acknowledges the support of the Public Transit
Fund which made the purchase of these two new buses and the new security
camera system for our fleet possible," said Ron Mullins, General Manager,
Kings Transit Authority. "This fund highlights all level of governments'
commitment to transit and the sustainability of our communities."
    Through its unprecedented $33-billion Building Canada infrastructure
plan, the Government of Canada is providing long-term, stable and predictable
funding to help meet infrastructure needs across Canada. Building Canada will
support a stronger, safer and better country. The province of Nova Scotia
signed a framework agreement with the Government of Canada on November 9,
2007, providing Nova Scotia communities with access to more than $750 million
between 2007 and 2014.

    The $400 million Public Transit Fund is just one component of Building
Canada. These funds are allocated to provinces and territories on a per capita
basis and support projects with positive environmental effects, such as
cleaner air and lowered green house gas emissions.




For further information:

For further information: For information on the Building Canada plan,
visit www.buildingcanada.gc.ca; For information on Kings Transit Authority,
visit http://www.kingstransit.ns.ca; For further information contact: Karine
White, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure
and Communities, (613) 991-0700; Infrastructure Canada, (613) 948-1148; Ron
Mullins, CGA, General Manager, Kings Transit Authority, (902) 678-4023


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