VAN TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM

In 1994, the Foundation funded a survey asking people to give us feedback on what they considered the most important health-related needs in their community. The number one issue was transportation to medical appointments in health facilities in Kentville and Halifax. In the spring of 1995, we purchased a van and started a transportation service.

Since that time, thanks to community partnerships, our service has expanded. One of our key partners in this program is the Trans County Transportation Society (TCTS) in Bridgetown.

These collaborations allow us to provide reliable affordable transportation to medical appointments for people who live within the catchment area of the Annapolis Community Health Centre all the way to the Aylesford area. In addition to Kentville and Halifax, the Foundation subsidizes patient travel to other medical appointments throughout the Valley.

The Van Transportation Program provides dependable, safe, accessible transportation for seniors, persons with disabilities, and many others who have no other way to get to crucial medical appointments. With your support we can continue to provide this important service.

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HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS

Seats are booked on a first-come first-served basis, so TCTS should be notified as soon as you have a date for your medical appointment. If you don’t live in the catchment areas covered by the van service, you may still book a seat any day the van is travelling, if there is an extra seat available. If you are a "helper" for individuals with a medical appointment, you can travel with them.

There is an annual TCTS membership fee of $20. Trips to Halifax currently cost $70 for a return trip. These charges cover operating costs. Financial assistance is available for those who are unable to pay the full amount.

For more detailed information on the service, contact the TCTS by phone at 902-665-1212 or visit their website. Booking hours are Monday through Friday – 8:30 am to 1pm.