Published on April 04, 2014
Egmont MP and Federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea tries out the driver’s seat of one of Transportation West’s new wheelchair accessible passenger buses. Waiting their turn at the wheel are, from left, Gord Wooder, Transportation West board member; Robert Vessey, P.E.I. Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal and Gordon Bush, manager of Transportation West.
Published on April 04, 2014
Gordon Bush, second right, manager of Transportation West Inc., accepts from Federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea, the keys to two new vans for the fleet, purchased primarily with contributions from the Federal Government’s Gas Tax Fund. Looking on are Gord Wooder, left, board member for Transportation West, and Robert Vessey, P.E.I. Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.
ALBERTON -- One of the neat things about Transportation West’s new buses, explains one of the non-proft organization’s drivers, Louanne Gavin, is passenger seats can be flipped up out of the way or left down, depending on how many wheelchairs are onboard.
Transportation West took possession of two new 12-passenger vehicles on Christmas Eve. On Friday, Federal Fisheries Minister and Egmont MP Gail Shea P.E.I. Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Rural, Robert Vessey, were on hand to officially hand over the keys of the vehicles. The Government of Canada, through the federal Gas Tax Fund, contributed $132,359 towards the purchase of the new buses, leaving Transportation West responsible for covering the HST cost, $18,530, some of which will be refunded.
“We are proud to invest in accessible transit service on the Island and support significant infrastructure projects, such as this one, that help create jobs and build strong, prosperous communities across Canada,” Shea commented.
“One of the things that everybody needs is transportation. Without access to transportation, participation in a lot of activities is not possible,” Shea acknowledges, noting Transporation helps transport people to medical appoints, to Maplewood Manor’s Welcome Program and even transports some to work.
“It’s a situation that many people find themselves in if they have a disability and, for most, the inaccessibility of public transport leaves them reliant on family and friends, and a lot of times family and friends can’t provide the service because they just don’t have the means.
“Transportation West provides the community with accessible transportation all year round and they provide a service that is so valuable to this community,” said Shea, in pointing to a lack of taxi service in West Prince.
Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Robert Vessey also commented on the vital service Transportation West has been providing in the region.
Gord Wooder, a board member for Transportation West, said the non-profit was able to obtain its first two buses with the support of a large donation and its next two sets of buses with funds from the Gas Tax.
Transportation West has six drivers who help keep the wheelchair accessible buses moving.