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Creating a Modernized, Inclusive, Equitable Transit System

Kings Transit and Green Valley Waste Management has been combined into a shared services initiative with The Municipality of the County of Kings, The Municipality of the County of Annapolis, and The Municipality of the County of Digby.

The main thing to take away from this pilot project is the modernization of both individual corporations. An interim Board of Directors will oversee the 2-year pilot project in order to organize the project management of the Zero-Emission Bus (ZEB) initiative which will look at KTA facilities and vehicles in order to strategize in the ZEB movement. This will allow KTA to become a leader in green technology in regards to public transit, removing Green-House Gases (GHG) from our environment and in line with Canada’s environmental goals of 2030.

This will mean providing our riders with new modern buses, incorporating new ridership technologies, including no-contact fare payment through the us of apps in use at other transit agencies across North America.

Exciting times….. stay tuned.

Part-Time Bus Operator

Kings Transit Authority provides regular public transit service to communities in the Annapolis Valley and beyond. Serving 5-Bus Routes between Grand Pré and Weymouth. We employ a combination of Full-Time and Part-Time Bus Operators which operate our public transit vehicles.

What KTA Offers:

  • An opportunity to make a difference in your community, providing reliable bus service to passengers who depend on us every day;
  • Competitive hourly wages;
  • Benefits;
  • Pension Option;
  • Work individually AND as a team;
  • Clean, Safe environment to work in;
  • Development opportunities.

What You Offer:

  • High-Level customer service to the Public;
  • Ability to adjust effectively to a changing environment;
  • Class 2 Nova Scotia Motor vehicle license with airbrake endorsement;
  • A clean driving record;
  • Ability to learn and conform to safety regulations, polices, procedures, legislative acts, best practices, and training;
  • Ability to provide a Police Record Check with positive results;
  • A drive to excel and have pride in the company you are employed with.

For more information, please phone 902 678-7310, contact customerservice@kingstransit.ns.ca, or drop by our office at 29 Crescent Drive in New Minas.

Kings Transit Careers Revised October 5, 2021
Kings Transit Authority, Nova Scotia

KTA Welcomes New General Manager and 3 New Buses

Kings Transit Authority, the joint municipal transit service operating across Kings, Annapolis and Digby Counties, has announced the appointment of a new General Manager for the operation. Our new General Manager is Michael Getchell, a native of St. Stephen New Brunswick, coming to Kings Transit from the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), where he has worked for the past nine years.

Michael began his transit career in 2012, and he has been involved in management of all four components of the TTC service: Buses, Streetcars, Wheel-Trans and Subway Operations. His last position in Toronto was as Duty Manager in the Transit Control Centre, where he was responsible for subway and surface operations. This role involved monitoring the service, guiding the Control Centre team in responding to operating issues and emergencies, managing personnel and communicating with key stakeholders.

Kings Transit Authority Chair, Wolfville Councillor Jodi MacKay, is pleased to have someone with the public transit experience needed to guide the Annapolis Valley system: “Michael brings a great combination of understanding smaller communities while providing reliable and safe bus operations over a large geographic area. He will be a great asset as we introduce newer equipment and consider service improvements and a future with electric buses like those already in service in Toronto.” Michael will be starting his duties with the Transit Authority in mid-October.

The Transit Authority has recently received three new buses, ordered in 2019, to replace smaller and less efficient vehicles now in service. The new 35 foot Eldorado buses will be on the road over the next few weeks, one each in the Municipalities of Kings County, Annapolis County and Digby County. These new buses are expected to provide a more comfortable ride, 37 seats instead of 23 seats in the current models, and significantly improved mechanical reliability, with the latest emission control systems. Many transit users depend upon the on-board Wi-Fi during their trips, and these buses feature phone charging ports in many of the seats. Like all Kings Transit buses, these new units will provide automatic vehicle location information for passengers through the Double Map application.

The first of the Eldorado buses has begun carrying passengers in the Municipality of Digby County, and Warden Linda Gregory has been impressed by her first look at the new units: “Our residents depend on Kings Transit for reliable transportation, whether for medical appointments, shopping, work or visiting friends. The Municipality has partnered with Kings Transit to purchase these new and improved buses, with lots more room and comfort for everyone, including those with mobility challenges.”

For More Information:
Councillor Jodi MacKay, Chair of Kings Transit Authority 902 599-2175
Brian Smith, Interim General Manager 902 698-1844

For Immediate Release October 5, 2021

KTA Updates

Attention Passengers: The Route 2 bus that departs Coldbrook at 4:48pm will end at 5:30pm today (Thursday, May 19) in New Minas and there will only be one Route 2 bus for the remainder of the service day due to a staffing issue.

Thank you.
Please see our service notice regarding Monday, May 23 2022 Victoria Day: https://t.co/vcIGbgLi0c
Today, May 17th is International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia.

Kings Transit will always be an ally to the community and our buses will ALWAYS be a safe space for community members.
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