CHAD bus service will keep on running

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NEW GLASGOW - Funds may be scarce, but there is no danger of the Central Highland Association of the Disabled stopping its bus service.
CHAD president Ron Levy said the service recently received $15,000 in advances from the towns of Pictou and New Glasgow, along with provincial funding to keep the wheels rolling.
"Times are tight, but the demand for the service is always there," Levy said. "We'll hope the municipalities can go as far as possible to ease the burden, because the funds would be put to good use. We're in no worse shape at this time than previous years."
The bus service costs $5,000 to run each week, with an average price tag of $250,000 a year. CHAD purchased a new vehicle for $100,000 last September, leading to the shortfall this spring.
Levy said they hoped to purchase another new vehicle in September, but they will likely wait until next spring before any major purchases. He did mention there is $35,000 stored from provincial funds, but that money can only be used for a capital purchase, like the new vehicle.
In the meantime, Levy will wait to see the results of municipal budgets, as the service generally gets its yearly funding from the towns over the summer months. He added the amount requested has increased from past years.

Organizations: Central Highland Association of the Disabled

Geographic location: NEW GLASGOW, Pictou

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