Starting in 2010 as a working group of the Antigonish Poverty Reduction Coalition (APRC), ACTS focused on researching the various transportation options available to residents of the Town and County. On the basis of substantial independent research and a number of focus groups by the initial volunteer working group, as well as a small grant from NS Moves (supported by the Department of Energy), ACTS produced a document looking at rural transportation services and how one could be adapted to the Antigonish area. With excitement building at the prospect of bringing a transportation service to the area, ACTS received more funding to generate a feasibility study and business plan.
In October 2013, ACTS formed a society governed by a volunteer board of directors. Building on the business plan and feasibility study, ACTS began a pilot project in September 2014. Throughout the pilot project, ACTS learned about operating a transportation service, working with community organizations and businesses to ensure the sustainability of the service, as well as the various transportation barriers people in the Antigonish Community face.
ACTS completed the pilot project in March 2015. With this success, ACTS transitioned from a start-up operation to a full-fledged transportation service and has received continued support from the Province of Nova Scotia, the Municipalities of the Town and County of Antigonish, local businesses and community members.