North Grenville Accessible Transportation is beginning a new chapter in the history of their service to the people of the municipality. Ever since 1990, NGAT has been providing transportation services to individuals who cannot use conventional vehicles. People who use wheelchairs, walkers or individuals with other physical limitations requiring assisted transport can travel to medical appointments, shopping, or other outings, at a reasonable charge and in safety and comfort.
From April 1, NGAT is entering into a new partnership with Allegiance Transportation Services [ATS], which has been providing regular bus service to Ottawa for many years. Having done their due diligence and approved the ATS business plan, NGAT have transferred dispatch duties and vehicle ownership to ATS, but will continue to administer the service as they have before. Rates for using NGAT remain the same, and they will maintain oversight and supervision of their clients’ needs under the new system.
The Municipality of North Grenville has applied for funding under a provincial rural transportation program, and, should that application prove successful, NGAT will possibly lose the funding they receive now from both the Municipality and the United Way. This would certainly change the situation, but it is not expected that this would have an impact before the end of this year.
NGAT receives $15,000 a year from the Municipality, and the same amount from the United Way, though around a third of their revenue comes from fares, donations, and advertising on their vehicles. The organisation is entirely volunteer-run, and this will continue under the new arrangement with ATS. Providing around 200 rides per month to residents of North Grenville, NGAT’s Board operate on a very tight and efficient budget. Unless and until a more widespread transportation network is introduced under the municipality’s proposed Transportation Master Plan, NGAT will continue to offer their reliable and valued service, tried and proven for almost thirty years.