April 2016 MusGo Rider is becoming a model for solving some of the long-standing rural transportation problems in rural Nova Scotia. Starting on April 1, 2016, MusGo Rider will be offering subsidized rides to seniors and persons with disabilities travelling to Dartmouth/Halifax for medical-related appointments. The subsidies come thanks to a grant from the Eastern Shore Musquodoboit Community Health Board. Under this new program, seniors and people with disabilities going in for medical appointments will only pay half the regular fare rate. This fare subsidy is opened to anyone living within the Eastern Shore Musquodoboit Community Health Board area, but the departure point must be within MusGo Rider’s service area of East Preston/Lawrencetown to Ship Harbour. For now, the fare subsidy is only available once per person, due to limited funds. For more information, or to book a ride please call Dispatch at 902-483-7433 or email musgorider@gmail.com. Meanwhile, people living in Musquodoboit Valley and Sheet Harbour will soon have access to their very own rural community transit service. Organizers have submitted a final draft Business Plan to the Department of Municipal Affairs for their approval of MusGo Rider Valley-Sheet Harbour Cooperative Ltd. If all goes well, the pilot stage for this new service will be on the road some time in July or August. If you have suggestions on meetings or groups that you feel would be beneficial for the Board and/or Executive Director to attend in the Musquodoboit Valley and/or Sheet Harbour, or surrounding communities within Halifax Regional Municipality, please email Jessie Greenough at jhlgreenough@gmail.com. And if you are interested in applying for the position of Driver for MusGo Rider Valley-Sheet Harbour Cooperative Ltd., please send a resume to Jessie Greenough. All drivers have to provide a driver’s abstract and criminal record check. The driver should be located within the service area of Sheet Harbour or Musquodoboit Valley.

March 30, 2017

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