Transit priority measures are physical measures constructed into streets or modifications to traffic control that provide priority to transit buses. A number of priority measures have been constructed over the past fifteen years and continue to operate safely and effectively. The aim of the Transit Priority Measures Opportunities Study was to identify a number of opportunities to implement measures, to develop a methodology to assess cost-effectiveness of each measure, and to create a prioritized list for implementation.
The study began by identifying nineteen potential locations where transit priority opportunities may be available. Following a screening process, the list was narrowed to thirteen locations for more detailed evaluation. Functional layout plans were developed for each location and estimates for capital and operating cost were developed. Both in-field measurement and computer simulation were used to determine changes in delay for both buses and vehicles. Total time saving was calculated on a per-person basis. The results of the comparative analysis are provided in Appendix A and were used to develop a five-year implementation plan.
It should be noted that the functional designs produced were intended to inform the cost benefit analysis, and are subject to final detailed design and analysis. Some variations may exist between the measures proposed by the study and measures that are implemented.
One of the measures identified in the study, specifically the measure identified at Main Street and Hartlen Street, was implemented in July 2015. Halifax Transit intends to implement the measure identified at Robie Street and Almon Street in the coming months. In addition, design work has been completed for the measure along Windmill Road southbound near Seapoint Road, and construction of this measure may proceed during the 2016 construction season.
Additional measures will be considered as budget permits.
Halifax Transit Priority Measures Study | March 2016 (PDF format)