Cramahe Township Council voted Tuesday to continue to support the Northumberland Transportation Initiative (NTI). The township will host the NTI funds it receives from a requested gas tax rebate.
Council voted to accept the NTI’s request for a letter of resolution to the Ministry of Transport (MoT). If a similar letter is received from Alnwick/Haldimand Township by June 30, the NTI will be eligible to receive $3,000 in gas tax money from the province.
The actual rebate is based on the amount paid into the project by the municipalities and the population being served. Cramahe Township contributed $7,000 in this year’s budget to the program which picks up riders in Cramahe and Alnwick/Haldimand and takes them to other locations between Cramahe and Cobourg.
Statistics released by NTI Project Coordinator, Jessica Hoskin, showed that the majority of riders using the system live in Cramahe. Forty-one of the 68 clients who are registered to use the program live here. The stats show that seven live in the Municipality of Brighton. Cramahe Deputy Mayor Jim Williams suggested those people may actually live in Cramahe but have Brighton addresses as he does.
Since it began operation in December, 2008, 17 clients have used the service. Twelve of them live in Cramahe. The other five live in Alnwick/Haldimand. The users have made 224 trips. Almost half of them were to get to work. Another 49 trips were social. The remainder were for medical appointments, recreation, shopping and educational upgrading.
NTI is planning to purchase a wheelchair-accessible van to meet with MoT requirements