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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2017 – Will it be a major year for Halifax Transit?

3 JAN 2017 – UPDATE: Halifax transportation advocate Ben Wedge pointed out an important consideration with regard to all-door boarding on transit vehicles. See his comments from an email below. As 2016 wraps up, we take a look at some of the exciting projects that Halifax Transit is working on that we can look forward to in 2017. Automated Stop Announcements Last month, automated stop announcements […]

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Let’s Talk About Transit Trade-Offs

Last week, we saw Halifax Regional Council vote to implement the Moving Forward Together Plan, which will shape Halifax Transit’s network for the next five years. One of the major decisions that came from Council was to request a staff report on bringing in an outside consultant to review the corridor routes after the first year of implementation- a move that we strongly advocated for. While the […]

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MEDIA RELEASE: Transit advocates call for immediate ‘stop and rethink’ to Halifax Transit’s Moving Forward Together plan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE HALIFAX, NS – It’s More than Buses (IMTB), a public transit advocacy group in Halifax, is calling for an immediate ‘stop and rethink’ to Halifax Transit’s network redesign plan. The group has serious concerns that the plan, as designed, will not meet the needs of residents and visitors in the region. “This is a plan that disregards the key principles that Halifax […]

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Mapping Travel Choices

Halifax Transit just released their newest report on their five year network review: Moving Forward Together. Its More Than Buses is recommending that Council reject this report as inadequate, and bring in an international expert to review Moving Forward Together. We continue to advocate for a connective network, a more efficient design that would provide thousands of people riding the bus with faster travel times […]

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Open Letter to Council – Halt Moving Forward, Bring in an Expert (updated)

Halifax Transit released their latest report on the Moving Forward Plan. It’s More than Buses advice to Council is simple: this report is inadequate, does not solve dramatic problems in the network and should be rejected. The report only recommends one change out of 23 potential changes, and that is simply renumbering a route. The Plan needs much, much more work. We recommend that Council halts the […]

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Buses Matter

Buses Matter

More lessons from transit expert Darren Davis – buses are the foundation of transit systems

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The Advantage of Connective Networks

It’s More than Buses was thrilled to host Darren Davis at the end of September. Darren is the principal public transit planner in Auckland, New Zealand. Under his direction, Auckland has completely redrawn their bus network. Early results are promising, with ridership up over 30% in some parts of the network. This type of radical re-design is both rare and incredibly inspiring. Auckland’s audacious transit plans […]

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Darren Davis: Expert transit advice and inspiration from Auckland, NZ.

It’s More than Buses has been thrilled to host Darren Davis over the last three days. Darren is the principal public transit planner in Auckland, New Zealand. Under his direction, Auckland has completely redrawn their bus network. Early results are promising, with ridership up over 30% in some parts of the network. This type of radical re-design is both rare and incredibly inspiring. Auckland’s audacious […]

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