The CCS bus is about to become a more common sight on Caledon’s roads

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Community organization receives $100,000 grant to expand its service

The Caledon Community Services bus is a familiar sight on the town’s roads – and it’s about to become a more frequent one.

The CCS has received a $100,000 grant from the Ministry of Transportation to expand its service next year with more vehicles and more rides.

With the absence of public transportation in Caledon, the CCS has been providing rides to Caledon seniors and residents with disabilities where they would have otherwise been stuck at home or paying for a taxi.

The service has been running for 40 years.

The funding for the new program will allow CCS to expand the eligibility criteria for the program to agency clients who aren’t senior and do not have a disability, extend operating hours based and acquire more vehicles.

According to Fay Davy, the manager of transportation for CCS, the new program will be able to help clients such as those who participate its LINC and Life for Youth programs and those who use services at The Exchange and have no way to get there.

Caledon was one of 11 municipalities to receive a grant from the province.

Davy said there was some stiff competition for the grant, which was submitted through Town of Caledon staff.

“Our directors have a strong understanding of our programs and the timing was important. We could prove that the need was there and then everything just kind of fell into place,” she said. “The next steps are securing more vehicles and more volunteers to help provide the rides and then we have everything ready to go.”

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