During the Big Lift, Halifax Transit buses will not travel across the Macdonald Bridge on Sunday to Friday evenings from 6:30 p.m. until the end of the service day. Several routes are impacted by the bridge closures and service changes, however, it is important to note peak weekday commuting travel will not be impacted in any way.
Halifax Harbour Bridges announced full weekend Macdonald Bridge closures on April 20, 2016. Halifax Transit Routes 1, 10, 52, 61/14 & 320 will detour via MacKay Bride all day Saturdays and until approximately 6:30pm on Sundays. Halifax Transit Shuttles will begin on Sundays departing at 6:45pm from Halifax, Barrington Street at Duke Street and departing at 7:00pm from Dartmouth Bridge Terminal.
During the hours of the bridge closures, shuttle bus service is provided in place of routes that normally travel across the Macdonald Bridge. Passengers travelling to Dartmouth will disembark at the Scotia Square Terminal and board a shuttle at the MetroLink bus stop. If the Macdonald Bridge is open to traffic, shuttle buses will travel the Macdonald Bridge (stopping at all stops along Gottingen and on North Street) but in most cases, shuttle buses will travel the MacKay Bridge (servicing stops along Gottingen Street, but not North) and passengers would disembark at the Highfield Terminal or Bridge Terminal in Dartmouth to continue their travels.
The following routes are impacted by the redecking project from 6:30 p.m. until 5:30 a.m., Sunday to Friday (five nights a week).
Overall Riders Guide -
Macdonald Bridge Shuttle Buses
MacKay Bridge Shuttle Buses - in the event the Macdonald Bridge is entirely closed
Route 1 Spring Garden
Route 10 Dalhousie
Route 14 Leiblin Park
Route 41 Dartmouth/Dalhousie
Route 52 Crosstown
Route 61 Auburn/North Preston
Route 159 Portland Hills MetroLink
Route 320 Fall River/Airport MetroX
At this time, Google Transit will not highlight the Macdonald or MacKay Bridge shuttles and the Departures line will only recognize the scheduled departures/arrivals of buses at impacted bus stops.
Ferry Service Expansion:
In addition to the above changes, Halifax Transit increased service on the Alderney to Halifax ferry route beginning March 2. Weekday service increased to 15 minutes after 6 p.m. until 11:45 p.m. and Sunday service increased to begin service at 6:30 a.m on a 30 minute rotation until 11:45 p.m.