CHAD Transit updates routes

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NEW GLASGOW – Work continues to refine the proposed fixed routes for CHAD Transit.
CHAD executive director Danny MacGillivray was referring to a recent bus trip along the fixed transit routes that could be added to the current service.

“It’s coming together really well,” he said.

“The times we placed on the route are bang-on. Now we’re meeting with our destination representatives to get their buy-in.”

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Two fixed routes are being considered under the pilot project. Route I will start and finish at the Aberdeen Hospital in New Glasgow. The bus will complete the route three times – at 7 a.m., noon and 5 p.m. The trip will last 90 minutes.

Stops will be at the Aberdeen Business Centre, New Glasgow Library, Trenton town hall, Royal Bank in Pictou, the Nova Scotia Community College Fisheries School in Pictou, Sobeys Westside, Highland Square Mall and Wal-Mart, the Pictou County Wellness Centre, Westville post office, the NSCC Pictou campus and the post office in Stellarton before returning to the hospital.

“There have been a few tweaks,” MacGillivray said. “We’ve added a lunchtime run to Pictou.”

Route II will be driven six times, starting at the hospital at 9, 10 and 11 a.m. and again at 2, 3 and 4 p.m.

MacGillivray said a straight run to and from Trenton had to replace the loop through Trenton and along the connector road to complete the route in an hour.

Stops are at the Aberdeen Business Centre, New Glasgow Library, Trenton town hall, Sobeys Westside, Highland Square Mall and Wal-Mart, the Pictou County Wellness Centre, Westville post office, the NSCC Pictou campus and the post office in Stellarton before returning to the hospital.

MacGillivray said CHAD will formally apply for the $50,000 it has qualified for from the Nova Scotia Transportation Research Incentive Program early in 2017.
CHAD will also ask local municipalities for augmentative funding and is considering applying to the United Way of Pictou County to help finance the project.

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Steve Goodwin
Steve Goodwin was born in Amherst, N.S. and has been a journalist for more than 40 years. He has been a resident of Pictou County for nearly 40 years.