The most important piece missing from the Rapid Transit Strategy

We talked yesterday about the longer-term vision that’s missing from Halifax Transit’s Rapid Transit Strategy. How is the bus rapid transit (BRT) network going to grow after 2030? Will it be extended to Bedford? How can Bedford be connected to Burnside and north Dartmouth? Today we need to start talking about why that longer term vision is so important. Let’s start with a basic fact […]

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The Rapid Transit Strategy needs a longer-term vision

We talked yesterday about what’s great about Halifax Transit’s new Rapid Transit Strategy. It connects a lot of different places to downtown Halifax and downtown Dartmouth, it would have enough transit priority to keep buses out of traffic, and the buses would run every ten minutes, all day, every day. That’s a great network. But now we need to start thinking about what’s missing from […]

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First reactions to the new Rapid Transit Strategy

Last week, Halifax Transit gave the public its first look at something its calling a Rapid Transit Strategy. There’s too much to say about it in a single post, so I’ll be posting a few different thoughts over the course of the week. The Rapid Transit Strategy is a 10-year plan to built a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) network and a new fast ferry from […]

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Commuter rail is dead. Why did that happen? And what now?

After yesterday’s Council vote, it looks like commuter rail plans are dead. Why did the plan die, and what does HRM do now? Council’s discussion yesterday was in camera, so we’ll probably never know exactly how the decision was made. But the argument against pursuing commuter rail has been hiding in plain site for a few years now. Since Council got a look at the […]

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Halifax Transit’s Fare Increase: No Easy Choices

Last week’s big transit news is that Halifax Transit asked for, and council approved, a 10% increase in fares for later this year. A regular fare is going from $2.50 to $2.75. On one hand, Halifax Transit’s fares are low by Canadian standards and will still be pretty close to average after the increase. On the other hand, any increase in fares runs the risk […]

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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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