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Pushing the province to get onboard with bus rapid transit

Local environmental groups are asking the public to write letters to support changes to Halifax Transit
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A Halifax Transit bus (Meghan Groff/HalifaxToday.ca)

Back in May, HRM council voted for proposed changes to Halifax Transit that includes bus rapid transit (BRT) and electric buses.

Now, local environmental groups want the public to write Premier Stephen MacNeil and Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister, Lloyd Hines, to ask them to support the project. 

The Ecology Action Centre and the Clean Foundation have launched a letter-writing campaign asking the province to provide “funding support to enable the implementation of Halifax Transit’s ambitious Bus Rapid Transit and Electric Bus Proposal”, adding that it would take all three levels of government to make the program a reality.

Kelsey Lane is the Active Transportation Coordinator for the EAC, and she tells NEWS 95.7's The Sheldon MacLeod Show BRT makes public transportation a more viable option for a large portion of the population.

“Connecting Spryfield, Lacewood, Kearney Lake, Burnside, Portland Street, downtown Halifax, and downtown Dartmouth with service that would come every ten minutes, seven days a week, and so when you think about transit service that has that level of service and frequency, it’s a huge leap for really improving transit in Halifax,” she says.

The proposed changes to Halifax Transit includes 210 Electric Buses, new ferry routes and comes with a projected price tag of $780-million.

But Lane says a 2017 feasibility study shows the operating and maintenance savings from electric buses over ten years falls somewhere between $120-170 million dollars.


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