The province is helping rural transit organizations buy safe, affordable and accessible transportation for their communities. The Accessible Transportation Assistance Program will provide more than $250,000 to help provide accessible transportation across the province. “Some form of transportation is a requirement for almost everything we do on a daily basis, whether it is going to work or school, getting groceries, participating in the community, or accessing health-care services,” said John MacDonell, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “This year’s funding will help six Nova Scotia communities purchase new accessible minivans or minibuses.” The program provides up to 50 per cent of the total capital costs, to a maximum of $50,000, for new vehicles. It also provides up to $10,000 for used vehicles and $15,000 to modify existing vehicles. “This funding allowed our organization to respond to the ever increasing demand for accessible service in our community by purchasing wheelchair-accessible vehicles,” said Debbie Decker, general manager of the Trans County Transportation Society in Annapolis Co. “Our small, non-profit organization appreciates the province’s assistance with the purchase of these vehicles.” For a list of approved projects, visit www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/muns/infr/atap.asp .