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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Gottingen needs a bus lane – and a service review too

Gottingen needs a bus lane – and a service review too

Gottingen Street is one of Halifax’s busiest transit corridors, seeing a bus per minute headed northbound during the afternoon rush hour. These buses are weaving around cars and getting stuck in the line of traffic headed to the Macdonald Bridge, depriving hundreds of commuters from a fast, frequent, and reliable transit trip. It’s More Than Buses supports the immediate investment in a northbound bus-only lane […]

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Bus rapid transit could totally transform our transit network

Bus rapid transit could totally transform our transit network

Today is your chance to call for a great bus rapid transit system in Halifax. What is bus rapid transit? Bus rapid transit is a bus network so good you don’t even think to own a car in the city. To achieve this vision, we need a grid of great bus lines: buses that come by every 15 minutes or less, 365 days per year, and don’t […]

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Alderney ferry schedule changing & simplifying

Alderney ferry schedule changing & simplifying

Earlier this week Halifax Transit officially announced that the Alderney Ferry schedule will change on February 19th. The new schedule has the ferry running every 15 minutes from 7am-8pm, and every 30 minutes from 8pm-11:30pm. The first departure will be at 6:30 from Dartmouth and 6:45 from Halifax, and the last departure at 11:30 from Dartmouth and 11:45pm from Halifax. Service will run every 30 […]

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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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Reviewing transit service from the Woodside Ferry terminal

Reviewing transit service from the Woodside Ferry terminal

Changes are needed to transit connections at the Woodside Ferry Terminal. Halifax’s Moving Forward Together Plan proposes minimum ridership standards that all buses are required to meet. For Regional Express routes, the target is 20 passengers per trip. Most of them meet this target. Three buses far fall short, the 78, 79, and 370. The 370 can be considered a coverage route, as it is the only […]

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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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