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Commuter Rail Feasibility Study

The Commuter Rail Feasibility Study is now complete and is available for viewing. Staff’s recommendation report on the Study is on the Transportation Standing Committee’s September 24th agenda.



In spring 2014, Halifax Transit issued a request for proposals for the completion of a commuter rail feasibility study for the Halifax Regional Municipality. The goal of the request was for a suitable proponent to produce a comprehensive study that accurately reflected the costs of implementing and operating a commuter rail line in Halifax. The winning proponent was to provide HRM with the following:

1. Review of previous commuter rail feasibility studies and other background information
2. Analysis of performance, physical characteristics, and usage of existing rail corridor
3. Assessment of potential infrastructure and operational characteristics of a commuter rail service
4. Sufficient information, including ridership projections, to determine both the operational and economic feasibility of commuter rail on the Halifax to Windsor Junction and Enfield corridor.

In September 2014, the contract for the execution of this commuter rail feasibility study was awarded to CPCS and in February 2015, the work that was completed on the study to date was presented to the public for review. As part of this review, CPCS and Halifax Transit hosted a public open house for the public to learn more about the analysis that has taken place to date:

Commuter Rail Feasibility Study Open House
Thursday, February 26th, 2015
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sunnyside Mall (near Shoppers Drug Mart)
1595 Bedford Highway, Bedford
View the presentation slides that were part of the display at the event
View panels that were displayed as part of the open house
View questions and answers about Halifax Transit's Commuter Rail Feasibility Study