Bus Rapid Transit

We need to get transit out of traffic

  • A bus or train can move many times more people through a bottleneck, like our bridges or peninsula, than cars can. That’s why downtowns can only thrive with good mass transit: cars just can’t get enough people in and out.

  • As this table from Turner Drake shows, office vacancy downtown is going way up every year. To turn this trend around, office employees must be able to access the downtown quickly and efficiently.

  • Rapid transit creates a virtuous cycle. Trains and bus lanes spur development, which attracts transit customers, which financially justifies more trains and busses. The more people live on existing transit, the less it costs the city to service their homes, and the more homes generate tax revenue.

  • Young people want to live in cities where they do not need to drive. Increasingly, they are not even getting their driver’s license. Successful cities of the future will provide good alternatives.

Rapid Transit Network

  • Bus Rapid Transit

  • Commuter rail

Bus Rapid Transit

Picture the kind of transit stations usually built for trams or subways, but built for a network of bus lanes. It is the lowest-cost way to provide first-class transit service, which is why it is used by small cities like Halifax around the world.

Commuter Rail

For Halifax, the greatest potential of commuter rail is to encourage new development in the right places. All along the railway, there are locations with an impressive amount of space for growth. Commuter rail isn’t just a people-mover, but a community builder.

Transit-Oriented Development

The green circles on this map from show where major development could occur on future commuter rail and bus rapid transit routes. This map could shape Halifax into a more sustainable, successful city, where everything important is accessible within minutes. Check out Halifax's Integrated Mobility Plan.