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Halifax Transit
Halifax Transit logo
Halifax Transit montage.jpg
From top-left: Halifax Transit bus in new livery, Lacewood Terminal at night, view of Halifax from the deck of the Stannix, warning on Halifax III railing, new entrance to Dartmouth Alderney terminal.
Overview
Area servedHRM Urban Transit Service Area [1]
LocaleHalifax, Nova Scotia
Transit typeBus, Ferry
Number of lines57 bus routes
2 ferry routes
5 express bus lines
Daily ridership96,961[2]
Annual ridership19,573,412 (ca. 2017)[3]
Key peopleDave Reage, Director
Headquarters200 Ilsley Avenue, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Websitehttp://halifax.ca/transit
Operation
Began operation1982
Operator(s)Halifax Regional Municipality
Number of vehicles312 buses
5 ferries

Halifax Transit is a Canadian public transport service operating buses and ferries in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Founded as Metro Transit in March 1982, Halifax Transit provides service in the urban service and adjacent area of the regional municipality utilizing 2 ferry routes, 57 conventional bus routes, two limited stop express routes, and three limited stop rural express routes. Halifax Transit also operates Accessabus, a door-to-door paratransit service for seniors and the disabled.

In 2nd quarter 2017 conventional bus ridership was 3.99 million, ferry ridership 644,600, and Accessabus ridership was 38,800.[4] According to the 2011 census, Halifax has the 7th highest proportion of workers taking transit to work in a city in Canada.[5]

History[edit]

Two open (summer) horse cars of the Halifax Street Railway Co, 1894

Halifax was among first cities in Canada to be served by an integrated public transportation system, pre-dated only by Toronto, Montreal and Quebec City.[6]

The municipality's first transit service came with establishment of the Dartmouth ferry service, first chartered in 1752. In 1816 the sail powered ferry was replaced by a horse powered boat, and in 1830 with a steam ferry. While private omnibus services are known to have begun in the city at least as early as 1854, the roots of Halifax Transit date back to June 11, 1866.

The Halifax City Railroad Company (HCR) began operations with five horse-drawn trams on rails that stretched from the corner of Barrington Street and Inglis Street in the south end to the city’s first railway station near the corner of Duffus Street and Campbell Road (now Barrington Street) in the north end.[7]

Tram with plow attachment, 1930s

Notwithstanding a ten-year hiatus, horse-drawn street railway services continued in Halifax until April 1896 when the system, now operated by the Halifax Electric Tramway Company, completed the conversion to electric-powered operation. The street railway served Halifax until March 1949, when the war-worn trams were replaced by "trackless" electric trolley coaches.[8]

Halifax Transit logo, 1969

The bright yellow trolleys, operated by utility Nova Scotia Light and Power, plied city streets exclusively until 1963, when they were supplemented by diesel buses for the first time. The system became all-diesel on January 1, 1970, the same day the City of Halifax took over the operation.[9] Some of Halifax's T-44 trolleybuses were sold to the Toronto Transit Commission for parts for their Western Flyer E-700A.

Metro Transit bus with original green and blue livery with a stylized "M"

Metro Transit, a single transit agency serving all of the greater metropolitan area of Halifax-Dartmouth, began operations in March 1981. The system was created by the Metropolitan Authority, a common-services agency representing the former cities of Halifax and Dartmouth as well as suburban Halifax County,[10] to consolidate the transit operations of the Halifax Transit Corporation in Halifax and Dartmouth Transit.

Metro Transit expanded in 1994 with the absorption of the Dartmouth ferry services formerly operated by the city of Dartmouth. Ownership of the transit service was transferred to the newly created Halifax Regional Municipality at amalgamation in 1996. Since that time the service has been operated directly by the municipal government and since October 2010 Transit has reported though the Transportation Standing Committee of Halifax Regional Council. The municipality announced on July 15, 2014 that it was changing the services name to Halifax Transit in reflection of the city's new brand.[11][12]

In January 2014, Halifax regional council approved a study to look at a major re-design of the city's transit system.[13] The "Moving Forward Together Plan" was adopted in principal by Halifax Regional Council in April 2016. Proposed amendments to the plan were defeated in November 2016, with the exception of a change to the route of the Porters Lake Metro X (soon to be Rural Express) and a short reprieve to attempt to increase ridership to save the #15 bus to York Redoubt. A review will be undertaken involving an outside consultant in 12–18 months to evaluate the results and suggest possible route optimization.[14]

Operations[edit]

Conventional bus service[edit]

Bridge Terminal, which opened in 2012

There are 322 conventional buses in the fleet[15], all of which are low floor and wheelchair accessible. [16]

Halifax Transit operates 57 conventional transit routes within the Urban Transit Service Area, broadly similar to 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.

Express services[edit]

Express routes, originally established as Metro Link express bus service operates Monday to Friday. The two express routes began service in August 2005. 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.

Regional Express Routes, formerly MetroX, is Halifax Transit's rural express bus service. There are three routes which started operating in August 2009 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.[17]

Rural routes provide some suburban and rural communities access to the regular and express bus system operated by Halifax Transit. There are three rural routes provide service between the Sackville Terminal and Beaverbank; Portland Hills to East Preston, Lake Echo, Grand Desert, and; South Centre Mall and Ketch Harbour via the Old Sambro Road and Highway 349.

Halifax–Dartmouth Ferry Service[edit]

The launch of the Viola Desmond in 2016

Halifax Transit also provides two passenger ferry routes, one connecting downtown Halifax with Alderney Landing in Dartmouth, and the other connecting with Woodside. Each route is serviced by a pair of vessels. The ferry services are integrated with the bus services; the fares are identical, and transfers are accepted between the two systems. The harbour ferries board 1.4 million passengers each year[18] Each ferry carries up to 398 passengers. All routes are handicap accessible and have provision to carry bicycles.

Access-A-Bus[edit]

Halifax Access-a-bus

Halifax Transit also provides Access-A-Bus service which is a dial-a-ride paratransit service for elderly and handicapped residents in the region. This service was created in 1981, the same year Halifax Transit was formed.[19]

Services[edit]

Fares[edit]

Halifax Transit offers four main fare categories: Adult (16 years & up), Senior (65+ years), Child (5 – 15 years), and Student (Full Time Student with valid photo student ID). Anyone with a ticket, pass or transfer for the regular or Metrolink service can pay the difference in cash fare to use a more expensive Metrolink or MetroX service.

Halifax Transit support truck on Sackville eastbound at Barrington.

A Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) Identification card can be used to obtain free travel on Halifax Transit's conventional buses, MetroX buses, MetroLink buses and harbour ferry service. A university student bus pass (U-pass)[20] 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. Halifax Transit is also piloting a low income bus pass at 50% off regular price.[21]

Transfers are issued upon request on all Halifax 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.[22]

Schedules and route information[edit]

A Halifax Transit bus stop sign with new Departures Line info, high contrast route numbers, and Halifax Transit branding. Sign shows west bound routes from stop in front of Lord Nelson arcade on Spring Garden Road east of South Park Street.

Route information can be accessed through the Halifax Transit Departures number 902 480 8000. Individual route schedules are available online at halifax.ca/transit. Most terminals have TV screens that display anticipated arrival times of buses that service the terminal.

Departures[edit]

In early 2016, Halifax Transit publicly released their next-generation AVL-based system called Departures. The system was first launched on May 15, 2016, with the introduction of the Departures Line, and as of July 2016 the rollout of the updated Departures Board that replaces the older GoTime departure displays found at terminals across the system. The Departures Board works similar to the previous GoTime-based departures display, with the exception that instead of showing the next two bus arrival times, will display the bay number and the next bus departure time, either showing the next hour and minute or the number of minutes before the bus departs, or "delayed" if the bus is behind by a certain number of minutes. It will also only show buses set to arrive in the next while, versus the older display which would show "(not scheduled)" for any route not running at that point in time.

The Departures Line works similarly to the previous GoTime IVR (Interactive Voice Response) system. Instead of dialling (902) 480- plus the 4-digit number found on bus stop signage, one dials (902)-480-8000 and following the voice responses, one would input the bus stop number to access route departure times. The system gives the estimated departure time if available, scheduled times if the bus is not reporting real-time data or is delayed by a number of minutes, adjusted time to depart when schedule adjustments are made, and will announce when a bus is arriving within the minute.

Accessibility[edit]

On December 16, 2016 Halifax Transit began piloting an automated stop announcement system on several bus routes, providing both auditory and visual notice of approaching bus stops, as well as announcing the route of each bus on arrival at a bus stop.[23] By January 30, 2017, all conventional buses provided the automated stop announcement.[24]. As of June 8, 2017, all conventional buses in the Halifax Transit fleet were low floor and accessible to wheelchairs. [25]

Transit routes[edit]

Route number structure[edit]

As the Moving Forward Together Plan takes effect the following number structure will be in effect. Routes 1-10 are Corridor routes. Routes 20-99 are Local routes. Routes 100-199 are Express routes. Routes 300-399 are Regional Express routes. And routes 400-499 are Rural routes. Corridor routes provide high frequency during most of the day and travel long routes connecting different parts of the Halifax Regional Municipality to Downtown Halifax. Local routes provide less frequent service across various parts of the HRM connecting communities to corridor routes. Express routes are limited stop, peak service only routes that provide direct transport from downtown to local communities. Regional Express and Rural routes provide varied levels of service to areas outside of the HRM.

Currently, routes such as 80 Sackville, are considered corridor routes. They will be partially replaced by 2022 to match the new numbering system. The 80 Sackville will be replaced by the 8 Sackville or the 60 Eastern Passage will be replaced by the 6 Eastern Passage for example.

MetroLink routes 159 and 185 are not considered Express Routes, and will eventually be discontinued and replaced by new Express routes.

Current Routes[edit]

No. Name Features Inner Terminal Outer Terminal Notes/History
1 Spring Garden Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Bridge Terminal Mumford Terminal
2 Fairview Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Water Street Terminal Lacewood Terminal
3 Crosstown Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Lacewood Terminal Windmill & Wright Used to provide service to Bayers Lake.
4 Universities Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Dalhousie University Lacewood Terminal Used to provide service to Mount Saint Vincent University.
5 Chebucto Handicapped/disabled accessClock simple.svg Water Street Terminal Downs & Milsom Weekday service only.
7 Robie Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Merv Sullivan Park Northridge Loop
9A Greystone - Fotherby Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Barrington & Duke Fotherby & Herring Cove
9B Herring Cove Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Barrington & Duke St Paul's & School
10 Dalhousie Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Dalhousie University Invenary & Strath
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 Centre York Redoubt Loop
21 Lakeside / Timberlea Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Lacewood Terminal Charles Road Used to service downtown Halifax.
22 Armdale Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Mumford Terminal Ragged Lake Transit Centre
28 Bayers Lake Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Mumford Terminal Lacewood Terminal
29 Barrington Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Clock simple.svg Point Pleasant Park Bayers Road Centre
30A Clayton Park Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Clock simple.svg Lacewood Terminal Lacewood Terminal Travels in a clockwise loop.
30B Clayton Park Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Clock simple.svg Lacewood Terminal Lacewood Terminal Travels in a counter-clockwise loop.
32 Cowie Hill Express Handicapped/disabled accessClock simple.svg Barrington & Duke South Centre Mall Weekday service only.
39 Flamingo Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Clock simple.svg Bridge Terminal Lacewood Terminal
41 Dartmouth – Dalhousie Handicapped/disabled access Dalhousie University Bridge 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.
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 Handicapped/disabled access 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
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 Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Upper Water & Cornwallis Sackville Terminal
81 Hemlock Ravine Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Upper Water & Cornwallis Bedford & Uteck Weekday service only. Used to service Bedford
82 Millwood Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Cobequid Terminal Sackville Terminal Weekday peak service extends from Cobequid Terminal to Barrington & George
83 Springfield Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Sackville Terminal Springfield Estates
84 Glendale Express Handicapped/disabled accessClock simple.svg Summer & Trollope Sackville Terminal Weekday service only.
85 Downsview Express Handicapped/disabled accessClock simple.svg Summer & Trollope Sackville Terminal Weekday service only. Used to be the Bedford Express.
86 Basinview Express Handicapped/disabled accessClock 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 Water Street Terminal Larry Uteck Roundabout
123 Timberlea Express Handicapped/disabled access Clock simple.svg Bicycle facilities Scotia Square Charles Road Weekday service only.
135 Flamingo Express Handicapped/disabled access Clock simple.svg Bicycle facilities Scotia Square Lacewood Terminal Weekday service only.
136 Farnham Gate Express Handicapped/disabled access Clock simple.svg Bicycle facilities Scotia Square Lacewood Terminal Weekday service only.
137 Clayton Park Express Handicapped/disabled access Clock simple.svg Bicycle facilities Scotia Square Lacewood Terminal Weekday service only.
138 Parkland Express Handicapped/disabled access Clock simple.svg Bicycle facilities Scotia Square Lacewood Terminal Weekday service only.
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.
194 West Bedford Express Handicapped/disabled access Clock simple.svg Bicycle facilities Summer & Trollope Innovation Dr. & Gary Martin Dr. Weekday service only.
320 Airport/Fall River MetroExpress-Halifax.svg Handicapped/disabled access Clock simple.svg Bicycle facilities Albemarle & Duke Halifax Stanfield International Airport
330 Tantallon MetroExpress-Halifax.svgBicycle facilitiesHandicapped/disabled access Albemarle & Duke Tantallon Rink Park & Ride Weekday service only.
370 Porters Lake MetroExpress-Halifax.svg Handicapped/disabled accessClock simple.svgBicycle facilities Albemarle & Duke Porters Lake Rink Park & Ride Weekday service only.
400 Beaver Bank Handicapped/disabled access Sackville Terminal Beaver Bank Villa, Highway 354
401 Porters Lake Handicapped/disabled access Portland Hills Terminal Grand Desert, Highway 207 Weekday service only.
433 Tantallon Handicapped/disabled access Lacewood Terminal Tantallon 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 above)
MetroExpress-Halifax.svg MetroX Service (see MetroX section above)
Mortarboard.svg University routes that only operate during the university academic calendar year (September – April).

Future Routes[edit]

No. Name Features Inner Terminal Outer Terminal Notes/History
5 Portland Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Scotia Square Portland Hills Terminal Will replace routes 59,61,68 service on Portland Street
6A Woodside Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Bridge Terminal Woodside Ferry Terminal Will replace route 63
6B Eastern Passage Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Bridge Terminal Oceanview Manor Replacement for route 60 Eastern Passage
6C Heritage Hills Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Bridge Terminal Cow Bay Road/Samuel Danial Drive
7A Peninsula Handicapped/disabled accessClock simple.svg Northridge Loop Northridge Loop
7B Robie Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Northridge Loop Northridge Loop
8 Sackville Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Scotia Square Sackville Terminal
10A Mic Mac Terminal Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Dalhousie University Mic Mac Terminal
10B Westphal Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Dalhousie University Inverary Drive
10C Bridge Terminal Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Dalhousie University Bridge Terminal
24 Leiblin Park Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Saint Mary's University Leiblin & Juniper
50 Shipyard Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Bridge Terminal Halifax Shipyard Peak times only
53 Highfield Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Alderney Gate Highfield Terminal Extended route to Alderney Gate
54 Montebello Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Bridge Terminal Breeze Drive Added service to Bridge Terminal
56 Dartmouth Crossing Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Bridge Terminal Wrights Cove Terminal Added service to the future Wrights Cove Terminal
57 Portland Estates Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Clock simple.svg Penhorn Terminal Portland Hills Terminal Peak only. Service from Baker Drive replaced by future route 67.
58 Woodlawn Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Clock simple.svg Portland Hills Terminal Penhorn Terminal Service from Bridge terminal replaced by future route 5.
59 Colby Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Clock simple.svg Portland Hills Terminal Portland Hills Terminal Replaced by express route 159 at peak times, no service to Bridge Terminal.
61 Cherry Brook Handicapped/disabled accessClock simple.svg Portland Hills Terminal Cherry Brook Road Replaced by express route 161 at peak times, no service to Bridge Terminal.
62 Grahams Cove Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Clock simple.svg Bridge Terminal Gaston Road Loop
63 Mount Edward Handicapped/disabled access Penhorn Terminal Portland Hills Terminal
64 Burnside Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Bridge Terminal Wrights Cove Terminal Weekday Only.
67 Baker Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Woodside Ferry Terminal Mic Mac Terminal
68 North Preston Handicapped/disabled access Bicycle facilities Portland Hills Terminal North Preston Rec Centre Loop Replaced by express route 168 at peak times, no service to Bridge Terminal.
82 First Lake Handicapped/disabled access Sackville Terminal Cobequid Terminal
84 Glendale Handicapped/disabled access Scotia Square Sackville Terminal Peak extension to Summer Street
85 Millwood Handicapped/disabled access Sackville Terminal Sackville Terminal
87 Dartmouth-Sackville Handicapped/disabled access Bridge Terminal Sackville Terminal
89 Beaverbank Handicapped/disabled access Scotia Square Kinsac Community Centre
91 Mumford Terminal Handicapped/disabled access Scotia Square West Bedford Park & Ride
93 Bedford Hwy Handicapped/disabled access Scotia Square Nottingham Street
124 Leiblin Express Handicapped/disabled access Scotia Square Sambro Road
158 Woodlawn Express Handicapped/disabled access Portland Hills Terminal University Avenue Replaces route 58 at peak hours.
159 Colby Express Handicapped/disabled access Portland Hills Terminal University Avenue Replaces route 59 at peak hours.
161A Cherry Brook Express Handicapped/disabled access Portland Hills Terminal University Avenue Replaces route 61 at peak hours.
161B Auburn Express Handicapped/disabled access Portland Hills Terminal University Avenue Replaces route 61 at peak hours.
165 Caldwell Express Handicapped/disabled access Portland Hills Terminal University Avenue Replaces route 65 at peak hours.
168 North Preston Express Handicapped/disabled access Portland Hills Terminal University Avenue Replaces route 68 at peak hours.
182 First Lake Express Handicapped/disabled access Cobequid Terminal Bell Road Replaces route 82 at peak hours.
183 Springfield Express Handicapped/disabled access Sackville Terminal Bell Road
185 Millwood Express Handicapped/disabled access Sackville Terminal Bell Road Replaces route 85 at peak hours.
186 Basinview Express Handicapped/disabled access Rockmanor Drive Bell Road
189 Beaver Bank Express Handicapped/disabled access Sackville Terminal Bell Road Replaces route 89 at peak hours.
192 Southgate Express Handicapped/disabled access Larry Uteck & Starboard Drive Bell Road
196 Starboard Express Handicapped/disabled access Starboard Drive Bell Road
310 Middle Sackville Regional Express Handicapped/disabled access Ablemarle Street Margeson Park & Ride
415 Purcells Cove Express Handicapped/disabled access Bayers Road Shopping Centre York Redoubt Loop
701 Halifax West High Handicapped/disabled access Mumford Terminal Halifax West High School
726 Citadel High Handicapped/disabled access North Park Street roundabout North Park Street roundabout
735 Clayton Park Junior High Handicapped/disabled access Dunbrack Clayton Park Junior High

Withdrawn[edit]

No. Name Started Ended Notes
2 Wedgewood 2018 Merged with 4 into new route 2.
3 Gottingen 1927 1989 Merged with route 7.
3 Mumford 1993 2012
4 Rosedale 2018 Merged with 2 into new route 2.
8 Windsor 1963 1999 Discontinued due to overlapping service from other routes.
8 Waterfront 2010 2013 Discontinued due to inadequate ridership.
6 Quinpool 1980 2017 Discontinued due to overlapping service from other routes.
9 Barrington 1928 2017 Discontinued due to Moving Forward Together Plan modifications. Partially replaced by route 29.
11 Macdonald Bridge 1955 1988 Merged with route 1, later partially reinstated.
12 Flamingo 1970 2003
16 Stanley Park 1995 1998
16 Parkland 2018 Discontinued due to Moving Forward Together Plan modifications. Partially replaced by route 39.
17 Saint Mary's 2018 Merged with 18 and 42 into new route 4.
18 Universities 2018 Merged with 17 and 42 into new route 4.
19 Fotherby 1990 2000
19 Greystone 2008 2017 Replaced by route 9A.
20 Herring Cove 1970 2017 Replaced by route 9B.
22 Exhibition Park 1993 2004 Reinstated with service to Exhibition Park with the opening of the Ragged Lake Transit Centre in 2010. Service to Exhibition Park was discontinued again in 2017.
23 Timberlea Express 2018 Replaced by new Express route 123.
26 Shuttle 1993 2008
30 Glenforest 1975 1999
31 Main Express 2018 Replaced by new Express routes 135, 136, 137 and 138.
33 Tantallon Express 2018 Replaced by new Express routes 135, 136, 137 and 138 and Rural route 433.
34 Glenforest Express 2018 Replaced by new Express routes 135, 136, 137 and 138.
35 Parkland Express 2018 Replaced by new Express routes 135, 136, 137 and 138.
34 Rockingham Express 1982 1990
35 Rosedale 1995 2000
40 Mumford–Dalhousie 2006 2006 Mortarboard.svg
42 Lacewood-Dalhousie 2018 Merged with 17 and 18 into new route 4.
48 Highfield 1990 1999
50 Portland Estates 1980 1996
50 BIO 2001 2004
52 Crosstown 2018 Discontinued due to Moving Forward Together Plan modifications. Partially replaced by route 3.
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
402 Sambro 2009 2017 Discontinued due to inadequate ridership.

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 above)
MetroExpress-Halifax.svg MetroX Service (see MetroX section above)
Mortarboard.svg University routes that only operate during the university academic calendar year (September – April).

Moving Forward Together Plan[edit]

The Moving Forward Together Plan is Halifax Transit's 5 year improvement plan that outlines planned changes to the transit network from late 2016 to 2020[26].

Criticism[edit]

Halifax Transit has been criticized as inefficient and unreliable.[27][28] Some transit advocates have called Halifax Transit's "Moving Forward Together Plan" inadequate, identifying four major concerns:

  1. The lack of a connective network which will result in dramatically less travel choice for transit users
  2. Inefficient and redundant route design that will cause ridership to remain low
  3. Missing data and analysis making it difficult to have good, evidence-based discussion
  4. A five-year implementation, which will cause unpredictability for riders as routes continuously change

In addition, the "Moving Forward Together Plan" is characterised as a plan that disregards the key principles that Halifax Transit identified through years of public engagement and consultation.[29] Business groups have also noted both the current lack of service, and lack of proposed future service, along key corridors of the region.[30]

Environmental Controversy[edit]

In 2014, a massive fuel leak spilling close to 200,000 litres of fuel at Halifax Transit's Burnside bus depot went undetected for almost four months.[31] In addition to the cost of lost fuel, cleanup from local environmental damage and groundwater contamination as far as 1 km away cost Halifax Regional Municipality approximately $2.5 million.[32] Before the discovery of the leak, Halifax Transit initially claimed that the excess fuel consumption was caused by higher usage during winter.[33]

In popular culture[edit]

  • The characters of Phillip and Phillmore the ferry twins from the children's TV show Theodore Tugboat are modelled after the Halifax-Dartmouth ferries.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Regional Plan 2014 Urban Transit Service Boundary Map (PDF) (Map).
  2. ^ Halifax Transit 2016/17 Annual Service Plan (PDF) (Report).
  3. ^ Infrastructure Canada, accessed January 28, 2019
  4. ^ "2017/18 Q2 Halifax Transit KPI Report" (PDF).
  5. ^ "Commuting to Work". Statistics Canada.
  6. ^ Wyatt, D.A. (2015). All-time list of Canadian transit systems: http://home.cc.umanitoba.ca/~wyatt/alltime/
  7. ^ Canadian Railroad Historical Association Bulletin 17 (1954) http://www.exporail.org/can_rail/Canadian%20Rail_CRHA_Bulletin_no17_April_1954.pdf
  8. ^ Cunningham, D. and Artz, D. (2009). The Halifax Street Railway: 1866–1949. Halifax: Nimbus
  9. ^ Leger, P.A. and Lawrence, L.M. (1994), Halifax – City of Trolleycoaches. Windsor ON: Bus History Association
  10. ^ An Act Respecting the Metropolitan Authority of Halifax, Dartmouth and the Municipality of the County of Halifax. Statutes of Nova Scotia. 1978. c. 9.
  11. ^ Halifax Transit brand unveiled The Chronicle Herald
  12. ^ "Halifax Transit's Multi-Year Transformation Underway". Halifax Regional Municipality. Retrieved 10 July 2016. As part of the evolution of our transit system, and in keeping with the brand strategy, the name Metro Transit was changed to Halifax Transit
  13. ^ Gillis, Sean (6 January 2014). "Transit First – Big changes for Metro Transit". Spacing Atlantic. Retrieved 4 February 2014.
  14. ^ Halifax Transit plan 'Moving Forward' at full speed after council amendments [1] Metro News
  15. ^ [2], Halifax Transit Annual Service Plan, 2017/18.
  16. ^ [3], Metro News, June 8 2017.
  17. ^ Halifax Transit, Metro Express page (with planning documents) Archived June 3, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ Metro Transit, Dartmouth-Halifax Harbour Ferries Archived June 3, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  19. ^ Halifax Transit, Access-a-bus
  20. ^ Halifax Transit, U-Pass
  21. ^ Halifax Transit, [4] Low Income Pass
  22. ^ Halifax Transit, 2008 News Archive
  23. ^ Halifax Transit [5] Stop Announcements
  24. ^ The Signal [6] January 30 2017.
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  26. ^ "Moving Forward Together". Retrieved 2017-12-03.
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