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Next stage of Halifax Transit route changes kick in November 25

The alterations will impact routes 15, 64, 66, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 87, 88, 89, 90, 185, 400
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Inside a Halifax Transit bus (Meghan Groff/HalifaxToday.ca)

Major changes to Halifax Transit routes will kick in just over two months from now.

As part of this next stage of the municipality's Moving Forward Together Plan, some routes will be altered and 18 routes will be added, including a new rural line that will run between York Redoubt and the Mumford Terminal.

The changes will impact routes 15, 64, 66, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 87, 88, 89, 90, 185, 400.

There will also be four new express routes servicing the Sackville area and Beaver Bank.

Scott Edgar with the advocacy group It's More Than Buses says express buses have proven to be a popular service.

"They move a lot faster than regular buses do," he told NEWS 95.7's The Rick Howe Show.

"One of the things I'm interested in ... is the way they'll be following the same routes of what are going to be local buses that run all day, 7 days a week. But then during rush hour, some of those buses are also going to be limited stop or express buses that are going to move a little faster. That's something I don't think Halifax Transit has done before and I'm going to be interested to see how people respond to that."

Edgar said previous route alterations appear to have paid off, but he's not sure we'll see as much of a difference this time around.

"I actually think these changes coming up will be somewhat superficial compared to the changes that happened in Spryfield, Fairview and Clayton Park," he said "I'm gong to be very surprised if we see the same kind of jump in ridership from these changes that we did from the changes that have happened over the last couple of years."

Edgar explained the municipality is only roughly half way through implementing the Moving Forward Together Plan, and he hopes the next phase focuses on Eastern Passage and Dartmouth.

"Downtown Dartmouth and Main Street Dartmouth haven't seen a thing happen, Eastern Passage hasn't seen a thing happen. Those are the kinds of changes we should be looking to see happen over the next couple of years."

The route changes will kick in on November 25.




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