Vans, Buses, and Accessible Vehicles: Community Transportation Providers Strut their Stuff at the Rural Transportation Association (RTA) AGM

Halifax NS, (June 6th, 2019) – The Vehicle Parade provides Nova Scotia’s community transportation services a chance to strut their stuff.

Why a parade? Every celebration needs a parade, and the RTA is celebrating a renaissance in rural transportation and highlighting the diversity of its providers at its AGM. One size doesn’t fit all – this parade that diversity is the strength of these rural transportation providers. They are serving their communities by meeting the diverse needs of their clients.

Rural Transportation Association (RTA) is celebrating a renaissance in rural transportation at its annual general meeting. Why a renaissance? Because there is a revival going on in rural transportation services across Nova Scotia.

Working at capacity, these providers keep seniors in their homes, get rural commuters to work, and children to school. They are helping to revitalize our rural communities. When people’s transportation needs are met it gives them the ability to connect with family and friends, make medical appointments, work, or visit other communities – great things happen.

The RTA represents 18 rural community transportation providers who service communities from the northern tip of Cape Breton (La Coopérative de transport de Chéticamp (L’ACABIE)) to serving Shelburne County on the southern tip of Nova Scotia (Sou’West Nova Transit Association (SWNT)).

These services provide affordable and accessible transportation services in 18 rural areas and small communities across Nova Scotia. They are community-based, non-profit transportation providers that assist people to access basic needs and services in their rural communities.  These providers offer an inclusive transportation network for everyone in Nova Scotia, which means accessible to the entire community, with a priority given to services for persons with disabilities, seniors, and those with transportation barriers.

The effect on rural communities is obvious in many different ways. By connecting people, it helps lower senior isolation, by getting people to medical appointments it lowers healthcare costs, and by getting people to work it helps build healthy and resilient rural communities.

Everyone is welcome – the RTA parade is open to the public at 9 a.m. June 6th, 2019 in the parking lot of the Future Inns Halifax at 30 Fairfax Drive, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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