Reducing service on the Route 15 is the right thing to do

  This Tuesday, Council is set to vote on what to do with the Route 15, the bus that currently heads out Purcells Cove Road to York Redoubt. As part of the Moving Forward Together process, Halifax Transit proposed cutting the route, because so few people take it. Residents in Purcells Cove have objected, and Halifax Transit has a done a lot of work to […]

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We want your opinion! #SurveySays

We want to know why people in HRM take transit — and why lots of people don’t. So for the next few weeks, we’ll be surveying as many people as possible to find out what they like about taking transit, what they don’t like, and what changes to Halifax Transit’s system would make them take transit more. Let us know what you think! Loading…

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Transit ridership continues to decline, hits 5 year low

Halifax Transit released its quarterly Key Performance Indicator report. The report contains ridership figures for Q4 of FY2017-18 (January 1 – March 31 2017). Notable figures include: A 2.5% decline in ridership compared to the same time last year A 1% decrease in ferry ridership A 3% increase in Access-A-Bus ridership It’s worth noting that this represents a 5-year low in 4th quarter transit ridership. […]

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Nova Scotia Election 2017 – What the parties are saying about public transit

We reached out to all three major political parties to gauge their positions on public transit. Only the Progressive Conservative party returned our email. Here’s what they had to say: Thank you for your email regarding public transit. A Progressive Conservative government supports a public transit plan. We will work with the municipalities and federal government to ensure we have transportation services that fit community needs. […]

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What can travel-time mapping tell us about transit?

What can travel-time mapping tell us about transit?

Something that we’ve constantly advocated for is the use of travel-time mapping in decision making around transit issues. Maps are a useful tool in transit planning. They communicate where people can go, and how they can get there. But one thing that is often missed in decisions involving public transit in Halifax is how long it will take to get there, which is why communicating […]

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Recapping SHIFT in Transit 2017

Recapping SHIFT in Transit 2017

This past weekend, the folks from It’s More Than Buses had an opportunity to attend SHIFT, and annual conference hosted by students at the Dalhousie School of Planning. This year’s theme, SHIFT in Transit, focused on the need for a broader discussion on how people move into, out of, and around cities. On Thursday evening, the conference opened with the 15th annual Carmichael Lecture, where […]

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The Mumford Terminal replacement process is underway

The Mumford Terminal replacement process is underway

Buried in this years Halifax Transit budget and business plan, was a project to replace the outdated and inadequate Mumford Terminal at the Halifax Shopping Centre. One of our favourite descriptions of Mumford has to be this one, from November 24, 2016 written in the Coast. Last week, a tender was issued by Halifax Transit to seek replacement opportunities for the terminal. The tender is available on the Nova Scotia […]

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Halifax Transit releases real-time GTFS data

Halifax Transit releases real-time GTFS data

Early Wednesday morning, users of Google Transit, Transit 360, and other applications noticed something awesome: live information on their bus location. It seems the long awaited release of Halifax Transit’s real-time data feed has finally occurred, much to the delight of both riders and app developers. In a press release, Halifax Transit noted it:  is initially launching the data feed to developers as a beta […]

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Ride-hailing services will not solve Halifax traffic problems

There’s been a lot of chatter lately about the role of ride-hailing services, such as Uber and Lyft, and whether or not they will ever come to Halifax. There are a lot of valid reasons why introducing ride-hailing services could be attractive in Halifax. Currently, the taxi industry holds an effective monopoly on ad-hoc door-to-door trips and ride-hailing can provide competition in a market that […]

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How much do we care about Transit in Halifax?

The way we clear snow should reflect how much we care about our transit system. These are all photos taken Tuesday morning, approximately 48 hours after receiving 30cm of snow this past weekend. And then of course…. Halifax currently has a service standard where all bus stops should be clear 48 hours after a weather event and only after sidewalks have been cleared. Clearly there are […]

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