Halifax Transit’s regularly scheduled service adjustments came into effect on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. Halifax Harbour Bridges advised at that time that it should conclude the all-weekend bridge closures by the end of December 2016. Given the planned timing of the reopening of the Macdonald Bridge on weekends, Halifax Transit discontinued the Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday daytime MacKay Bridge shuttle service. Sunday evening shuttles have continued. Routes that normally travelled via the Macdonald Bridge on Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday daytime, now operate on detour across the MacKay Bridge and will until the Macdonald Bridge reopens on weekends.
NOTE: MacKay Bridge shuttle service that operated on Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday daytime, officially ended on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016.
In effect since Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, Halifax Transit’s MacKay Bridge shuttle service has operated 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.
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.