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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High times with Halifax Transit

High times with Halifax Transit

Over the last few decades, Canadians have made incredible progress reducing drunk driving and the associated carnage. This summer, cannabis will be legalized, and people are warning that this will lead to people driving while high – something that is equally as dangerous as drunk driving. We firmly believe that the best way to limit the negative impacts of impaired driving is to provide high-quality […]

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Halifax Transit’s Bus Rapid Transit Proposal

We’re pleased to see the city make progress on its bus rapid transit plan. Many of the measures in the proposal have been discussed for years, such as the transit priority corridor on Bayers Road. The proposal includes lots of changes that IMTB has been advocating for since 2011, including all-door boarding, off-board fare collection, comfortable waiting areas, 15-minute headways, and a transfer-based network. Overall, […]

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March volunteer meeting

March volunteer meeting

Volunteers are the key to building better transit in Halifax. We are a volunteer-run organization, and could use your help to do more research and outreach to make transit better. Join us on March 26th, 7:30-9pm (location TBA). No experience is necessary to volunteer for It’s More Than Buses. We’ll start the night with a brainstorming session to identify skills and ideas for upcoming projects, […]

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Halifax’s bus maintenance needs an overhaul

Halifax’s bus maintenance needs an overhaul

A new report from It’s More Than Buses shows that Halifax Transit’s buses are far less reliable than other transit agencies in North America. In Chicago, buses travel nearly 9,000km before breakdown while on route. In New York City and Atlanta, buses travel just over 10,000km between such failures. In Toronto, buses manage a whopping 20,009km between failures. In Halifax, our buses come in at […]

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