Halifax Transit’s regularly scheduled service adjustments come into effect on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. Halifax Harbour Bridges has advised that it should conclude the all-weekend bridge closures by the end of December 2016. Given the timing of the reopening of the Macdonald Bridge on weekends, Halifax Transit will discontinue the current Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday daytime MacKay Bridge shuttle service. Sunday evening shuttles will continue. Routes that would normally travel via the Macdonald Bridge on Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday daytime, will instead operate on detour across the MacKay Bridge until such time the Macdonald Bridge reopens on weekends.
NOTE: MacKay Bridge shuttle service that currently operates on Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday daytime, will officially end on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, end of service day.
Effective Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, Halifax Transit’s MacKay Bridge shuttle service will operate as follows:
• Sunday evenings at approximately 6:30 p.m. and will continue to run until end of service day at approximately 1:30 a.m.
• Monday to Thursday evenings starting at approximately 6:30 p.m. and will continue to run until the end of service day at approximately 1 a.m.
We understand the bridge closures and our required service adjustments are challenging for our passengers. We appreciate your patience as we manage the impact of the bridge closures on our service as best as possible given the circumstances.
MacKay Bridge Shuttle Service
During the hours of the Macdonald Bridge closures on Monday to Friday evenings from 6:30 p.m. until the end of the service day, and all day on weekends, 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 southbound side of the Scotia Square Terminal. 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. MacKay shuttles to Dartmouth will service all bus stops from Barrington/Duke until Gottingen far side of North (stop #6769). Drop offs only after the Gottingen/far side of North stop to Highfield Terminal, service to Highfield Terminal, then drop offs only after Highfield Terminal to Bridge Terminal.
Passengers travelling to Halifax will board the shuttle bus at the Bridge Terminal at Bay 5. If the Macdonald Bridge is open to traffic, shuttle buses will travel the Macdonald Bridge (stopping at the stop on North Street and along Barrington to Barrington & Duke) but in most cases, shuttle buses will travel the MacKay Bridge - drop offs only until Highfield Terminal, service Highfield Terminal and then drop offs only along Barrington St. until North St. Pick ups and drop offs at all bus stops on Barrington between North St. and Scotia Square.
The following routes are impacted by the redecking project from 6:30 p.m. until 5:30 a.m., Monday to Friday, and all day on Saturday and Sunday (where applicable):
Overall Riders Guide -
Macdonald Bridge Shuttle Buses* - in the event the Macdonald Bridge is open during evenings or weekends
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**
*Due to advance bus operator scheduling requirements, the shuttle service will remain in effect during weeknights and weekends when the Macdonald Bridge is open. The shuttles will cross the Macdonald Bridge instead of the MacKay Bridge.
**Route 320 will provide two AM peak trips, please see Riders’ Guide, from Albemarle St. to the Halifax Stanfield International Airport on Saturdays & Sundays. All remaining trips on Route 320 will travel between Bridge Terminal and the airport on Saturdays & Sundays.
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.
Alderney Ferry Service Expansion:
An alternative option for passengers travelling from Halifax to Dartmouth is to take the ferry. Both weekday and weekend service was increased when the Big Lift project began in March 2015.