Government is investing in sustainable transportation as part of Budget 2016-2017. Applications are now being accepted for projects that connect residents with each other and community hubs. “The first year of the Connect2 program produced collaborative projects that helped link communities of all sizes,” said Michel Samson, Minister of Energy. “It’s great to see more Nova Scotians able to get to their neighbourhood schools, medical centres and business districts without having to always use their car.” This year, government will invest another $600,000 in Connect2, matching the 2015-2016 contribution. During the first year of the program, 26 projects were completed and about $2.3 million in community and other funding was invested. The Connect2 program provides funding to communities that want to build or promote sustainable travel routes for walking and biking trips of two kilometres or less between community hubs in rural and urban parts of the province. Communities, municipalities and organizations may apply before May 31. Successful projects are eligible for up to 50 per cent of costs, to a maximum of $150,000. Projects that focus on public education and engagement, such as marketing, maps, and online resources, are eligible for up to 50 per cent of costs, to a maximum of $30,000. Other highlights in the 2016-2017 budget related to sustainable transportation include $225,000 for community transportation improvements, marketing efforts, collection of information and analysis, and other transportation initiatives. For more information on the program, including how to apply, visitwww.novascotia.ca/sustainabletransportation .