Transit Choices

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  • […] larger centres may be familiar with commuter rail. The idea is gaining traction in Halifax, but a 2015 report on the proposal suggested running the service would cost $23 per […]

    Tackling Halifax Tra | September 5, 2022 | Reply

  • whatever is done with transit in Halifax it should not have a negative impact on the residents of the peninsula the way the recent changes to the current bus system did. It seems our council is punishing residents of the peninsula to provide more services to the suburbs. The North end has had bus service reduced by the latest changes, for me it is completely gone because I can’t walk far enough to catch a bus now.

    Kathleen | March 14, 2015 | Reply

  • The Commuter rail proposal if implemented would provide duplicate service. All that is required is for , the Sackville, Beaverbank, Fall River residents, is to add a high speed rail from Cobequid to Bedford waterfront. For the Bedford area residents construct high speed bike lanes to join up with the high speed bike lane on the Bedford highway. Then all these multitudes of commuters can get on the high speed ferry to downtown. I never hear anything negative about that service so it must be working well.
    Bill, there is only one concern that I have with your article—- you are encouraging them to do more studies. Councillors are determined to spend tens of millions if not more on transit. Come hell or high water they will do that. So lets stop the studies and at least save that money.
    After all we are a small city trying to act like a big city. Another case of if we build it they will come. Their decisions have nothing to do with economics and eevrything to do with image.

    Barry H | March 14, 2015 | Reply

  • Why does Halifax have a transit problem ??? I’ll suggest it goes back to bad planning from the days when they decided to get rid of the trolley systems. Ever since then it has been “missed opportunity ” . There is a limit here .They have to decide just how much office space they will allow on the peninsula or better still how long before they realize they are basically helping the peninsula develop into only having high rise commercial and residential , no more 1 or 2 or 3 storey buildings anywhere. How many houses have been lost to the Dalhousie creep ?. They’d be far better to invest in developing a good “office park” off the peninsula but near a railway line .

    peter s | March 14, 2015 | Reply

  • Yes, “it looks expensive”. And yet another study – during which I’d suggest that the possibility of an NHL franchise be explored.
    Don’t we know the proper answer already? After all, its transit – something we have overprovided ourselves with, and needs to be right-sized, not increased.
    As for the “clog-up points”, don’t they still prevail because ‘planning’ has spent for the wrong wants for 50 years?
    Our economy won’t bear this expense.

    gordon a.... | March 13, 2015 | Reply

  • I have concerns that your clear and logical thinking will confound our politicians and freeze them into immobility.

    Nicholas Carson | March 13, 2015 | Reply

  • Speaking as someone who has spent a few decades involved in the transportation industry,let me just say that this rail commuter idea may sound attractive but the Economics; Not So Much..

    bob mackenzie | March 13, 2015 | Reply

  • Nice analysis Bill. I hope the “powers that be” have an open mind.

    Ron Gregor | March 13, 2015 | Reply