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Transportation assistance for those who need it

© ADAM MACINNIS – THE NEWS

Danny MacGillivray looks over the bus route schedule for CHAD Transit. The non profit is looking at the possibility of adding a fixed route.

 

Getting around Pictou County without a car could be a lot easier in the coming years.

CHAD Transit is looking at the possibility of adding fixed routes for the area.

 

© ADAM MACINNIS – THE NEWS Danny MacGillivray looks over the bus route schedule for CHAD Transit. The non profit is looking at the possibility of adding a fixed route.

 

Danny MacGillivray, operations supervisor for CHAD Transit said the non profit has received a grant from the provincial government to conduct a feasibility study. Funding is coming from the Nova Scotia trip program.

 

“Basically what we’re considering is adding a fixed route through the towns,” MacGillivray said. “We’re just in the very early stages. This is the first step, the feasibility study.”

 

As part of that feasibility study he said they are hoping to get the public’s input.

 

“We really want to stress it’s not just for current users, but we want everyone’s input – people who don’t use it as well.

 

CHAD Transit currently has six buses and one minivan with four vehicles on the road every day and one on Saturday.

 

“We currently do 33,000 trips a year, that’s the 33,000 people we take to different places,” MacGillivray said. “That’s grown quite a bit over the years. That’s why we’re looking at this option to try to better serve the people here in Pictou County.”

 

He believes changing demographics as well as better promotion of their service has led to the increase in demand.

 

“We’re always trying to get the word out to different organizations and agencies about our service because there’s traditionally been a misconception that it’s just a wheelchair bus. I think we’re overcoming that misconception, so we’re getting more people using the service and that’s why our schedules are getting full.”

 

He believes it could work well in this area.

 

“It’s a big enough community with a centralized downtown. A good example is the Wellness Centre. It’s hard to get to if you don’t have a car. So that would almost definitely be a destination point of one of the stops.”

 

Other locations he thinks would be possibilities are: the NSCC, the mall, all the downtowns, major employers and places like the hospital.

 

To find out which places are a priority, they need the feedback from the survey however.

 

People interested, can find the survey online at www.CHADtransit.ca  or at www.surveymonkey.com/r/CHADtransit. Those who fill out the survey will be entered for a $100 Sobeys gift card.

 

The study is being conducted by Four Points Business Consulting. They have also prepared studies for other areas in the province. The study is expected to be completed by March, 2016.

 

“If that says it’s feasible, then we’d have to do a business plan,” MacGillivray said. “Then we’d have to add the fixed route. So it’d probably be two years before you see it happen if it happens.”

 

Getting around Pictou County without a car could be a lot easier in the coming years.
CHAD Transit is looking at the possibility of adding fixed routes for the area.


 

Danny MacGillivray, operations supervisor for CHAD Transit said the non profit has received a grant from the provincial government to conduct a feasibility study. Funding is coming from the Nova Scotia trip program.

“Basically what we’re considering is adding a fixed route through the towns,” MacGillivray said. “We’re just in the very early stages. This is the first step, the feasibility study.”

As part of that feasibility study he said they are hoping to get the public’s input.

“We really want to stress it’s not just for current users, but we want everyone’s input – people who don’t use it as well.

CHAD Transit currently has six buses and one minivan with four vehicles on the road every day and one on Saturday.

“We currently do 33,000 trips a year, that’s the 33,000 people we take to different places,” MacGillivray said. “That’s grown quite a bit over the years. That’s why we’re looking at this option to try to better serve the people here in Pictou County.”

He believes changing demographics as well as better promotion of their service has led to the increase in demand.

“We’re always trying to get the word out to different organizations and agencies about our service because there’s traditionally been a misconception that it’s just a wheelchair bus. I think we’re overcoming that misconception, so we’re getting more people using the service and that’s why our schedules are getting full.”

He believes it could work well in this area.

“It’s a big enough community with a centralized downtown. A good example is the Wellness Centre. It’s hard to get to if you don’t have a car. So that would almost definitely be a destination point of one of the stops.”

Other locations he thinks would be possibilities are: the NSCC, the mall, all the downtowns, major employers and places like the hospital.

To find out which places are a priority, they need the feedback from the survey however.

People interested, can find the survey online at www.CHADtransit.ca  or atwww.surveymonkey.com/r/CHADtransit. Those who fill out the survey will be entered for a $100 Sobeys gift card.

The study is being conducted by Four Points Business Consulting. They have also prepared studies for other areas in the province. The study is expected to be completed by March, 2016.

“If that says it’s feasible, then we’d have to do a business plan,” MacGillivray said. “Then we’d have to add the fixed route. So it’d probably be two years before you see it happen if it happens.”





"Having use of the CHAD bus to get back and forth to dialysis is like a god send to my family.  It allows other members of my family the freedom to do their own chores and look after other family affairs.  We do not have the financial resources for other means of transportation.  The drivers are always very prompt, help open doors and very friendly.  The fare is more than reasonable and very much appreciated."
Jim, Senior from Westville Requiring Three Trips a Week to Dialysis in Pictou

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