Metro Transit (Halifax)

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Founded 1979
Headquarters 200 Ilsley Avenue, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Service area Halifax Regional Municipality
Service type bus service, paratransit and ferry
Routes 59 total
Stops Over 2,211
Fleet 315 vehicles
Fuel type B20 biodiesel, some hybrid
Operator Halifax Regional Municipality
Website Official website

Metro Transit is a Canadian public transport agency operating buses and ferries in Nova Scotia's Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM).

Owned by the municipality, Metro Transit's operations area is the urban core in the western part of the municipality, namely the Halifax and Dartmouth Metropolitan Areas, along with adjacent outlying neighbourhoods and communities. Metro Transit is the largest transit agency in Atlantic Canada, carrying 27 million passengers in fiscal year 2012/13.[1] In January 2014, regional council approved a study to look at a major design of the system.[2]

History[edit]

The agency's roots trace back to its four predecessors: Nova Scotia Light and Power Company, Limited (March 1928-December 1969) and Halifax Transit Corporation (January 1970-February 1979) in Halifax, and Dartmouth Transit Service Buses Ltd. (April 1957-February 1978) and Dartmouth Transit (February 1978-February 1979) in Dartmouth. In March 1981, both Halifax and Dartmouth transit agencies merged their services to become Metro Transit, taking its name from the Metropolitan Commission. Metro Transit Centre, the agency's headquarters and bus maintenance facility, is located on Ilsley Avenue in Burnside Park, with a satellite garage known as the Rapid Transit Garage also in Burnside Park on Thornhill Drive.

Between February 2 and March 16, 2012, Metro Transit operators were on strike action.

Bus service[edit]

Bridge Terminal, which opened in 2012

Currently there are 315 buses in the fleet, 223 of them low-floor vehicles, operating on 56 routes, including three Community Transit routes, two express routes operating as "MetroLink" which began service in August 2005, and three rural express routes operating as "MetroX" which started in August 2009.

Regular service[edit]

Metro Transit operates 52 conventional transit routes within the metropolitan region of Halifax Regional Municipality (Halifax, Dartmouth, Bedford and Sackville), including the areas of Eastern Passage, North Preston/Cherry Brook, Tantallon and Herring Cove. Routes are numbered according to the region or type of service provided:

Route number structure[edit]

Routes in the 00s, the 10s and the 20s are primarily Halifax-based routes. Routes in the 30s are rush-hour only routes serving Halifax. Routes in the 40s are university routes serving the Dalhousie University Studley campus which, until summer 2010 operated only during the academic calendar (September to April). Routes in the 50s, 60s and 70s are Dartmouth-based routes. Routes in the 80s and 90s are Sackville and Bedford routes. Routes in the 100s are the MetroLink routes, and routes in the 300s are the MetroExpress routes.

Fare structure[edit]

Category Cash Fare MetroPass 10 tickets
Adult $2.50 $78 $20
Senior/Child $1.75 $58 $14.50
Student $2.50 $70 $20

In addition, a University student bus pass (U-pass)[3] is available for Saint Mary's, Mount Saint Vincent, King's College, Dalhousie, Nova Scotia Community College (Halifax Campuses only) and Nova Scotia College of Art and Design students, and the cost is included in tuition fees. The Metro Transit fare structure can be found on the Metro Transit website.[4]

Transfers are issued upon request on all Metro Transit buses and ferries. A transfer allows the user to transfer between multiple conventional route buses and ferries traveling in any direction without having to pay an additional fare. A transfer also allows users to transfer to MetroLink and MetroExpress buses at a reduced fare. Transfers are valid for 90 minutes after the last scheduled stop on the current run of the route where it was issued. Holders of a valid MetroPass or MetroLink Pass do not require transfers.[5]

Transit routes[edit]

Metro Transit bus

Active[edit]

No. Name Features Inner Terminal Outer Terminal Notes/History
1 Spring Garden Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Bridge Terminal Mumford Terminal
2 Wedgewood Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Water Street Terminal Kearney Lake & Wedgewood Used to provide service to Exhibition Park.
4 Rosedale Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Water Street Terminal Ross & Dunbrack
5 Chebucto Clock simple.svg Water Street Terminal Downs & Milsom Weekday service only.
6 Quinpool Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Water Street Terminal Stonehaven & Glenmore
7 Robie Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Merv Sullivan Park Northridge Loop
9 Barrington Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Point Pleasant Park Mumford Terminal
10 Dalhousie Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Dalhousie University Terminal Invenary & Strath Mic Mac Mall during peak afternoon
11 Dockyard Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Clock simple.svg Bridge Terminal Halifax Dockyard Partially a re-reinstatement of a former route with the same number.
14 Leiblin Park Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Barrington & Duke Leiblin & Juniper
15 Purcell's Cove Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Bayers Road Terminal York Loop
16 Parkland Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Bridge Terminal Lacewood Terminal No Sunday service.
17 Saint Mary's Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Saint Mary's University Lacewood Terminal Weekday service only. No evening service.
18 Universities Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Saint Mary's University Lacewood Terminal
19 Greystone Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Mumford Terminal Greystone Loop Weekday service only.
20 Herring Cove St Paul's & School Barrington & Duke
21 Lakeside / Timberlea Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Charles & Richard Summer & Trollope
22 Armdale Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Mumford Terminal Exhibition Park
23 Timberlea / Mumford Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Clock simple.svg Upper Water & Cornwallis Glengarry Gardens Weekday service only.
31 Main Express Clock simple.svg Summer & Trollope Lacewood Terminal Weekday service only.
32 Cowie Hill Express Clock simple.svg Barrington & Duke South Centre Mall Weekday service only.
33 Tantallon Express Clock simple.svg Summer & Trollope Hubley Centre Mall Weekday service only.
34 Glenbourne Express Clock simple.svg Summer & Trollope Kearney Lake & Parkland Weekday service only. Used to be the Rockingham Express.
35 Parkland Express Clock simple.svg Via Rail Station Lacewood Terminal Weekday service only. Used to service Rosedale.
41 Dartmouth – Dalhousie Mortarboard.svg Dalhousie University Terminal Bridge Terminal Weekday service only.
42 Lacewood – Dalhousie Mortarboard.svg Dalhousie University Terminal Lacewood Terminal Weekday service only.
51 Windmill Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Bridge Terminal Princess Margaret & Killkee Weekday rush service extends from Bridge Terminal to Princess Margaret & Killkee to Joseph Zatzman Dr.
52 Crosstown Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Colfold & Akerley Chain Lake & Lakelands
53 Notting Park Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Highfield Terminal Bridge Terminal Weekday rush service extends from Bridge Terminal to Summer & Trollope.
54 Montebello Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Dartmouth Ferry Terminal Caledonia & Du Portage
55 Port Wallace Dartmouth Sportsplex Portobello Loop
56 Dartmouth Crossing Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Portland Hills Terminal Wright & Countryview Used to service Westphal
57 Russell Lake Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Woodside Ferry Terminal Portland Hills Terminal Used to service Mic Mac
58 Woodlawn Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Bridge Terminal Dorthea & Lucien
59 Colby Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Bridge Terminal Ashgrove & Cole Harbour Weekday rush service extends from Bridge Terminal to Summer & Trollope.
60 Eastern Passage / Heritage Hills Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Bridge Terminal Caldwell & Shore
61 Auburn / North Preston Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Barrington & Duke North Preston Recreation Centre Used to service Bisett.
62 Wildwood Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Bridge Terminal Cole Harbour Place Used to be the 62 Cherrybrook.
63 Woodside Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Bridge Terminal Irving & Franklyn Weekday service only.
64 Akerley Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Clock simple.svg Bridge Terminal Akerley & McClusky Weekday rush hour service only.
65 Caldwell Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Portland Hills Terminal Caldwell & Cole Harbour
66 Penhorn Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Cobequid Terminal Gaston Loop Used to provide service to the Woodside Ferry, and Forest Hills.
68 Cherrybrook Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Bridge Terminal Cherrybrook & Hwy 7 Weekday peak service extends from Bridge Terminal to Summer & Trollope. Used to provide service to Ross Road and Auburn.
72 Portland Hills Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Portland Hills Terminal Finlay & Shuble
78 Mount Edward Express Handicapped/disabled access Clock simple.svg Bicycle facilities Woodside Ferry Terminal Cole Harbour Place Weekday rush hour service only.
79 Cole Harbour Express Handicapped/disabled access Clock simple.svg Bicycle facilities Woodside Ferry Terminal Colby Village Weekday rush hour service only. Replaces former MetroLink route 165.
80 Sackville Upper Water & Cornwallis Sackville Terminal
81 Hemlock Ravine Upper Water & Cornwallis Bedford & Uteck Weekday service only. Used to service Bedford
82 Millwood Cobequid Terminal Sackville Terminal Weekday peak service extends from Cobequid Terminal to Barrington & George
83 Springfield Sackville Terminal Springfield Estates
84 Glendale Express Clock simple.svg Summer & Trollope Sackville Terminal Weekday service only.
85 Downsview Express Clock simple.svg Summer & Trollope Sackville Terminal Weekday service only. Used to be the Bedford Express.
86 Basinview Express Clock simple.svg Summer & Trollope Hwy 1 & Rockmanor Weekday service only. Used to connect Bedford and Dartmouth.
87 Glendale Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Bridge Terminal Sackville Terminal Used to service Halifax and Connolly.
88 Bedford Commons Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Cobequid Terminal Bedford Commons Used to service Atlantic Acres.
89 Bedford Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Lacewood Terminal Cobequid Terminal Weekday service only.
90 Larry Uteck Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Lower Water Street Terminal Larry Uteck Roundabout
159 Portland Hills Link MetroLink-Halifax.svg Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Barrington & Duke Portland Hills Terminal Weekday service only.
185 Sackville Link MetroLink-Halifax.svg Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Barrington & Duke Sackville Terminal Weekday service only.
320 Airport/Fall River MetroExpress-Halifax.svg Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Albemarle & Duke Halifax Stanfield International Airport
330 Tantallon MetroExpress-Halifax.svg Handicapped/disabled access Clock simple.svg Bicycle facilities Albemarle & Duke Tantallon Rink Park & Ride Weekday service only.
370 Porters Lake MetroExpress-Halifax.svg Handicapped/disabled access Clock simple.svg Bicycle facilities Albemarle & Duke Porters Lake Rink Park & Ride Weekday service only.
400 Beaver Bank Sackville Terminal Beaver Bank Villa, highway 354
401 Porters Lake Portland Hills Terminal Grand Desert, highway 207 Weekday service only.
402 Sambro Bicycle facilities South Centre Mall Ketch Harbour fire station, highway 349 Weekday service only.

Handicapped/disabled access Wheelchair – Uses Accessible Low Floor (ALF) buses only.
Clock simple.svg Rush Hour Service Only.
Bicycle facilities Designated Bike Route.
MetroLink-Halifax.svg MetroLink Service (see MetroLink section below)
MetroExpress-Halifax.svg MetroX Service (see MetroX section below)
Mortarboard.svg University routes that only operate during the university academic calendar year (September – April).

Withdrawn[edit]

No. Name Started Ended Notes
3 Mumford 1993 2012
3 Gottingen 1927 1989 Merged with route 7.
8 Windsor 1963 1999 Discontinued due to overlapping service from other routes.
8 Waterfront 2010 2013 Discontinued due to inadequate ridership.
11 Macdonald Bridge 1955 1988 Merged with route 1, later partially reinstated.
12 Flamingo 1970 2003
16 Stanley Park 1995 1998
19 Fotherby 1990 2000
22 Exhibition Park 1993 2004
26 Shuttle 1993 2008
30 Glenforest 1975 1999
34 Rockingham Express 1982 1990
35 Rosedale 1995 2000
40 Mumford–Dalhousie 2006 2006 Mortarboard.svg
48 Highfield 1990 1999
50 Portland Estates 1980 1996
50 BIO 2001 2004
56 Westphal 1980 1989
57 Mic Mac 1980 1989
61 Bisett 1980 1996
66 Forest Hills–Woodside Ferry 1987 1989
68 Auburn 1980 1995
68 Ross Road 1995 2000
71 Forest Hills Express 1982 1989
81 Bedford 1980 1985
85 Bedford Express 1980 1991
86 Bedford–Dartmouth 1987 1988
87 Connolly 1990 1997
88 Atlantic Acres 1993 1994
165 Woodside Link 2005 2014 MetroLink-Halifax.svg Handicapped/disabled access Clock simple.svg Bicycle facilities Replaced by new conventional route 79

Mortarboard.svg University routes that only operated during the university academic calendar year (September – April).

Express service[edit]

MetroLink-Halifax.svg
Main article: MetroLink (Halifax)

MetroLink is Metro Transit's BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) express bus service that operates Monday to Friday. The system consists of two limited-stop fully accessible express routes, connecting downtown Halifax's Scotia Square bus terminal, with the Portland Hills terminal in Cole Harbour on the Dartmouth side, and the Sackville Terminal in Lower Sackville.

Rural express[edit]

MetroExpress-Halifax.svg

MetroExpress, or MetroX for short is Metro Transit's rural express bus service. There are three MetroX routes, running between Halifax and Tantallon, the Airport, and Porters Lake, respectively. All routes terminate at Scotia Square in downtown Halifax, are handicap accessible and have facilities to carry bicycles.[6]

Community transit[edit]

Metro Transit supervisor car on the waterfront in Dartmouth, with the Dartmouth ferry in the background

Metro Transit runs a Community Transit service, allowing residents in some suburban and rural communities access to the regular and express bus system operated by Metro Transit.

There are three Community Transit routes:[7]

  • 400 Beaver Bank, offering weekday service between the new Sackville Terminal and Beaver Bank Villa in Beaver Bank via the Beaver Bank Road.
  • 402 Sambro, offering weekday service between South Centre Mall in Spryfield and the Ketch Harbour fire hall Ketch Harbour via the old Sambro road and hwy 349. This route uses the same buses as the Metro X service does, and all buses have bicycle racks.

The fare structure and transfer policies for these routes is identical to the conventional service. Tickets and transfers from other routes are accepted, Monthly bus passes and U-Passes are accepted. Transfers are issued on request on these routes that allow passengers to continue their travels on other Metro Transit routes.

Access-A-Bus[edit]

Metro Transit also provides Access-A-Bus service which is a dial-a-ride service for elderly and handicapped residents in the region. This service was created in 1981, the same year Metro Transit was formed.[8] There are approximately 20 Access-A-Bus vehicles[citation needed].

GoTime[edit]

Bus stop sign on Alderney Drive

GoTime is the name of Metro Transit's automated vehicle locater (AVL) system. The current generation of the system (unveiled over the winter of 2007/2008) uses Global Positioning System (GPS) technology to track buses throughout the system, providing information on location and schedule adherence to the transit control centre. This information is also used to update Metro Transit's real time bus departure system available to the general public.

Concept[edit]

Each bus stop sign has a blue 4-digit GoTime number on it. A passenger can dial 480- plus the 4-digit number to hear an automated message telling them exactly when the next bus on each route servicing that stop will depart, based on the information calculated above. Also, GoTime monitors are placed at every transit terminal, and a few major stops, listing each of the routes that service that stop and when the next two buses on those routes will arrive at that stop. This information is continually updated as the central GoTime system recalculates bus departure times, using the data collected from the buses. In addition to this, each bus is equipped with an on board computer which continually updates the driver on exactly how many minutes ahead of or behind schedule they are, to ensure schedule adherence. A web-based component was developed to provide departure times information via the internet in both standard internet and mobile internet formats, however rollout of this service was unadvertised and was subsequently shut down.

Technical difficulties and limitations[edit]

Metro Transit publicly announced the web-based GoTime system in the Winter of 2007–2008 utilizing a pamphlet distributed in buses that had an incorrect URL (http://halifax.ca/metrotransit/gotime) to the service. This component, which is now unavailable to the public, was never correctly or officially released to the public.

As of January 2012, Metro Transit stated that "over 80% of buses" were reporting live GoTime information "as system testing continues."[9]

History[edit]

The new GPS-based system replaces an older system originally designed by the former City of Halifax between 1984 and 1987, one the earliest real-time passenger information and transit management systems in North America.[10] The previous generation system used wheel rotation sensors to calculate the distance traveled from the start of the route, which was then transmitted back to the transit control centre. This data allowed the system to calculate the buses position along its route, as well as exact departure times for each bus stop ahead of it. In addition to wheel sensors, door sensors were used to determine when the bus was at a stop, and a series of electronic transmitters mounted to power poles along each route allowed the system to further calculate the buses position along its route. As with the current-generation system, the previous system also had a call-in system where a user could call the 4-digit GoTime number on each bus stop and hear an automated message telling them when the next two buses on each route servicing that stop would depart, monitors at all terminals displaying real-time departure information, and on board computers displaying information to drivers on how far ahead or behind schedule they are.

The hardware to support the previous-generation GoTime system had been steadily deteriorating over time, as the last major overhaul to the system was completed in 1996. There is reference to funds being allocated in 1998 for a GoTime upgrade,[11] however, it is believed that the companies that were contracted to perform the upgrade, failed to do so when they each went bankrupt. Due to the instability of the system, it is believed that sometime between 2004 and 2005, the "real-time" functionality of the GoTime system was disabled, as phoning the system seemed only to tell the scheduled departure times, not actual departure times; the original system's phone-in component used the words "scheduled to depart in" when real-time data was unavailable, and either "estimated to depart in" or "will depart in" when data of less or more reliability was available.

Future Advancements[edit]

In August 2013, Metro Transit released a Request for Proposal for an off-the-shelf AVL/CAD system to integrate with the existing GPS hardware on the buses.[12] The contract was awarded to Trapeze Software Group in January 2014. The system will improve the availability of bus locations and allow for greater integration with online trip planners. The system will also increase Metro Transit's ability to monitor bus performance and employee activity. It will also accommodate future technology upgrades, such as proposed farebox technological improvements.[13][14]

Fleet[edit]

Current[edit]

Manufacturer Model Model Years Fleet Numbers No. Purchased No. Remaining in Service Notes/History
MCI TC40-102N Classic 1990 948 – 952 5 4 Some retired and replaced by New Flyer D40LFs. 949 is considered to be the Nova Classic prototype.
NovaBus TC40-102N Classic 1994
1995
1996
953 – 966
967 – 974
975 – 985
14
8
11
9
7
9
975 & 976 were propane-powered test buses. The fuel provided less power than expected, and the engines were converted to diesel.
NovaBus LFS 1999
2000
986 – 996
997 – 1000
11
4
9
4
Originally designated for use on low floor routes, but now are also commonly used on non-accessible routes because of malfunctioning ramps and “kneeling” mechanisms.
New Flyer Industries D30LF Handicapped/disabled access 1999 505 – 507 3 3 Assigned to the Beaver Bank and Porters Lake Community Transit service, but are sometimes found on conventional routes.
New Flyer Industries D40LF Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities 2002
2004
2005
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
1001–1032
1033–1060
1061–1082
600 – 619
1083–1107
1108–1130
1131–1153
1154–1159
32
28
22
20
25
23
23
6
31
27
22
20
25
23
23
6
600 – 619 are branded for use on the MetroLink service, but are occasionally pressed into service on conventional routes.
600 – 619, 1083–1159 have air conditioning.
1022 & 1054 were destroyed by fire.
New Flyer Industries DE60LFR Articulated Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities 2009 715 – 716 2 2 Hybrid diesel-electrics.
GMC/Glaval Bus C5500/Titan Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities 2009 516 – 525 10 10 516 – 525 are branded for, and usually operate on, the MetroX and Sambro Community Transit service, but also occasionally provide service on conventional routes.
NovaBus LFS Artic Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities 2010
2010
2012
717 – 731
732 – 741
742 - 761
15
10
20
15
10
20
717 – 731 entered service on August 30, 2010.
732 – 741 were delivered December 2010 and entered service in February 2011 during the Canada Winter Games.
NovaBus LFS Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities 2012
2012
526 - 534
1160 - 1161
9
2
9
2
526 - 534 exclusively for the Fall River/Airport MetroX service.
New Flyer Industries XD40 Xcelsior Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities 2013 1162 - 1183 22 22

Past[edit]

Manufacturer Model Model Years Fleet Numbers No. Purchased Notes/History
CCF/Brill T-44 1947 201 - 260 60
GMDD T6H-5305 New Look 1969
1971
801 – 819
820 – 823
19
4
Prior to 1981, these buses were owned by Halifax Transit Corporation
GMDD T6H-4521 New Look 1969
1971
401 – 455
133 – 135
55
3
Prior to 1981, 401 – 455 were owned by Halifax Transit Corp; 133 – 135 were owned by Dartmouth Transit Service
GMDD TDH-3301 New Look 1971 130 – 131 2 Prior to 1981, these buses were owned by Dartmouth Transit Service
GMDD TDH-3302N New Look 1973 137 1 Prior to 1981, this bus was owned by Dartmouth Transit Service
GMDD T6H-4523N New Look 1973
1975
1976
1977
138 – 139
143 – 144
145 – 147
148 – 150
2
2
3
3
Prior to 1981, these buses were owned by Dartmouth Transit Service
GMDD T6H-5307N New Look 1981/82
1975
1978
1982
510 – 515
824 – 835
836 – 856
857 – 869
6
12
21
13
Prior to 1981, 824 – 856 were owned by Halifax Transit Corp; 857 – 869 were bought after HTC and DTS merged into Metro Transit; 510 – 515 were purchased from BC Transit. 512 had an electronic sign.
GMDD TC40-102N Classic 1983
1985
1986
1987
870 – 881
882 – 895
896 – 910
911 – 920
12
14
15
10
Originally had rollsigns, but some have since been converted to electronic destination signs.
MCI TC40-102N Classic 1987
1988
1989
921 – 928
929 – 940
941 – 947
8
12
7
Orion Bus Industries 01.501 (Orion I) 1981 501 – 504 4 Purchased from the Toronto Transit Commission in 1990.
501, 502 & 504 sold to Kings Transit, Nova Scotia
Orion Bus Industries 01.506 (Orion I) 1985 308 1 Purchased from the Pictou County Regional Transit Authority in 1996.
Sold to Kings Transit, Nova Scotia
Saab-Scania CN112A 1984 201 – 212 12 Assembled from 'completely knocked-down' kits by Tri-Star Industries of Yarmouth, NS; purchase subsidised by NS government in an attempt to create a provincial bus-building industry
MCI / NovaBus TC60-102N Articulated Classic 1992
1993
701 – 707
708 – 714
7
7
MCI was taken over by NovaBus in the middle of the 1993 order; as a result, 708 – 710 displayed the MCI logo, while 711 – 714 were branded NovaBus. NovaBus discontinued the articulated Classic immediately following completion of this order.

Ferries[edit]

Halifax III Ferry

Metro Transit also provides two passenger ferry routes, one connecting downtown Halifax with Alderney Landing in Dartmouth, and the other connecting with Woodside The ferry services are integrated with the bus services; the fares are identical, and transfers are accepted between the two systems. The harbour ferries are utilised by over 3,000 commuters daily[15] Each ferry carries up to 398 passengers. All routes are handicap accessible and have provision to carry bicycles. The characters of Phillip and Phillmore, the ferry twins from the children's TV show, Theodore Tugboat are modelled after these vessels.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Metro Transit – Proposed 2014/2015 Metro Transit Budget and Business Plan
  2. ^ Gillis, Sean (6 January 2014). "Transit First – Big changes for Metro Transit". Spacing Atlantic. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  3. ^ Metro Transit, U-Pass
  4. ^ Metro Transit, Tickets and Passes
  5. ^ Metro Transit, 2008 News Archive
  6. ^ Metro Transit, Metro Express page (with planning documents)
  7. ^ Metro Transit, Community Transit
  8. ^ Metro Transit, Access-a-bus
  9. ^ Metro Transit (exact author unknown) (January 12, 2012). "Over 80% of buses now report live via GoTime as system testing continues. (Twitter post)". Twitter. Retrieved May 5, 2012. 
  10. ^ Transport Canada,"GoTime: Real-time passenger information and transit management" Case study, July 2007
  11. ^ HRM, Halifax Regional Council Minutes, June 30, 1998
  12. ^ Halifax Regional Municipality. "Metro Transit AVL/CAD Replacement - Request for Proposal". Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  13. ^ Bousquet, Tim (16 January 2014). "Smart phone real-time bus locator apps are coming—really, this time". The Coast. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  14. ^ Halifax Regional Municipality. "[Council Document] No. 11.1.2". Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  15. ^ Metro Transit, Dartmouth-Halifax Harbour Ferries

External links[edit]

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