2017 is off to a good start for SMART transit in Hanover.
The disability transit system has some extra funding coming its way.
This year’s Provincial gas tax allocation for SMART in Hanover is $622,000.
This is a $112,000 increase over the previous year.
Hanover Director of Corporate Services Christine Walker says the money is welcomed news as the not for profit disability transit system has very high expenses.
The additional gas tax dollars is not the only good news.
SMART has just received word that it will also receive $98,000 in federal transit funding.
In order to access the grant dollars, SMART will have to match the grant amount.
With the increases in gas tax funding, Walker says matching the grant will be a much easier.
The money will be used to purchase two small buses and new scheduling software.
The new buses will be ordered this week and will arrive in June, and the new software promises to provide efficiencies in bus scheduling.
Currently SMART boasts a fleet of 24 vehicles and 22 drivers.
SMART is a disability transit system that serves those with physical or mental disabilities as well as anyone with cognitive impairments.
SMART serves nine municipalities including: Arran-Elderslie, Chatsworth, Brockton, Hanover, Huron-Kinloss, Kincardine, Saugeen Shores, Southgate and West Grey.