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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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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Recapping SHIFT in Transit 2017

Recapping SHIFT in Transit 2017

This past weekend, the folks from It’s More Than Buses had an opportunity to attend SHIFT, and annual conference hosted by students at the Dalhousie School of Planning. This year’s theme, SHIFT in Transit, focused on the need for a broader discussion on how people move into, out of, and around cities. On Thursday evening, the conference opened with the 15th annual Carmichael Lecture, where […]

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The Mumford Terminal replacement process is underway

The Mumford Terminal replacement process is underway

Buried in this years Halifax Transit budget and business plan, was a project to replace the outdated and inadequate Mumford Terminal at the Halifax Shopping Centre. One of our favourite descriptions of Mumford has to be this one, from November 24, 2016 written in the Coast. Last week, a tender was issued by Halifax Transit to seek replacement opportunities for the terminal. The tender is available on the Nova Scotia […]

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