The PC response on rapid transit in HRM

Just in time for you to vote tomorrow, we’ve got the last response to our questions about provincial support for rapid transit in HRM — this time, from the Progressive Conservatives. (Click here for the NDP responses, here for the Liberals responses, and here for the Green Party responses.) Here’s the PC’s full responses to our questions. The TL;DR is… no real commitment to supporting […]

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The Green Party on Rapid Transit in HRM

Here’s another round of responses about rapid transit from provincial candidates! This time we’re talking about the Green Party. (For the NDP’s responses, click here. For the Liberals’ responses, click here.) The Green Party didn’t send us a single response from the party, but several candidates, including the party leader, Jo-Ann Roberts, sent us detailed responses. Here are some highlights! 1. If elected, will you […]

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The Liberals on rapid transit in HRM

More responses from provincial parties about their level of support for rapid transit in HRM! A week and a half ago, we sent a questionnaire to every HRM candidate in the provincial election. We asked them three questions about their support for rapid transit in HRM. Here are the responses we got from the Liberals. You can read the Liberals full response below, but here […]

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The NDP on rapid transit in HRM

A week and a half ago, we sent a questionnaire to every HRM candidate in the provincial election. We asked them three questions about their support for rapid transit in HRM. Today, we’re going to start bringing you their responses, starting with the NDP. You can read the NDP’s full response below. But here are some highlights. 1. If elected, will you commit your support […]

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A looming unforced error

Ferries! Last week, Halifax’s MP Andy Fillmore made a very welcome announcement: all three levels of government have agreed to move forward into the planning stages for a new commuter ferry between Bedford (at Mill Cove) and downtown Halifax. The ferry will be a big step forward for transit infrastructure in HRM. And the news gets better and better. The ferry will be fast, taking […]

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Getting back onto transit

  (Graph courtesy Dan Peterson @danp128) As of today, Halifax Transit is increasing its service up to 84% of normal operating levels. The 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, and 9 are back their regular weekday schedules. But the Alderney ferry is still operating at a frustrating 30-minute frequency. This increase increase in service comes as ridership is starting to trend upwards again. But as people […]

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#KeepTransitMoving National Day of Online Action!

As you know, Halifax Transit is no longer collecting fares, in order to make sure bus drivers can maintain physical distancing and stay safe. But that means Halifax Transit’s revenue has disappeared, and they’re being forced to cut routes — routes that people rely on to get to essential jobs. Call your MP and your MLA and then them that you the Federal and Provincial […]

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BRT and. . . electric buses!?!?!

It’s not often that Halifax Transit surprises us with bigger plans than anyone was expecting, but that’s what’s happening this week. Tomorrow (May 26), Regional Council will be discussing Halifax Transit’s latest report on their Rapid Transit Strategy — the plan for a high-frequency bus rapid transit (BRT) network and a fast ferry from Bedford. You’ll remember that plan from back in March. It’s an […]

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Halifax Transit Needs Emergency Federal Funding

You’ve probably seen Halifax Transit’s cuts to service. The increased wait times on lots of routes, including the ferries, are an inconvenience. But the wholesale elimination of certain routes is a disaster. Even if it affects only a small number of people, there are some people who rely on that service to get to jobs we all now recognize as essential. So why did Halifax Transit […]

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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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