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Halifax Transit 2016-17 Snow Plan

In the event of inclement weather, several of Halifax Transit's bus routes are put on 'snow plan'. The objective of this plan is to maintain service levels and minimize interruptions to service by re-routing buses around areas consistently known as 'trouble sections' on a route during a winter weather event. Halifax Transit apologizes to riders inconvenienced by routes having to go on snow plan, however, the safety of our passengers and employees is paramount when making these decisions.

To find out if your preferred route is on snow plan, follow @hfxtransit on Twitter or call 311.

Please click on the links below to see the snow plan detour for individual routes:

Route 2 Wedgewood
Route 4 Rosedale
Route 5 Chebucto
Route 6 Quinpool
Route 7 Gottingen
Route 9 Barrington
Route 10 Dalhousie
Route 14 Leiblin Park
Route 16 Parkland
Route 17 Saint Mary's
Route 18 Universities
Route 19 Greystone
Route 20 Herring Cove
Route 21 Lakeside/Timberlea
Route 22 Armdale
Route 31 Main Express
Route 32 Downtown/Cowie Hill
Route 33 Tantallon Express
Route 34 Glenbourne Express
Route 35 Parkland Express
Route 42 Lacewood/Dalhousie
Route 52 Crosstown
Route 57 Russell Lake
Route 58 Woodlawn
Route 60 Eastern Passage
Route 61 Auburn/North Preston
Route 62 Wildwood
Route 66 Penhorn
Route 68 Cherrybrook
Route 72 Portland Hills
Route 78 Mount Edward Express & Route 79 Cole Harbour Express
Route 81 Hemlock Ravine
Route 83 Springfield
Route 86 Basinview Express
Route 89 Bedford
Route 90 Larry Uteck
Route 320 and 330
Route 400 Beaverbank
Route 401 Porters Lake
Route 402 Sambro
Listing of all avoided streets
Woodside Ferry Terminal (notation)
All Routes Servicing Sackville Terminal to/from Downsview    
Bus Tires in Winter Conditions

Route 2 Wedgewood

Outbound: From Kearney Lake Rd, (r) Castle Hill Dr., (l) on Armstrong Dr., circle the turning loop and return (r) Castle Hill Dr., (l) Kearney Lake Rd. to regular routing. No service to Broadholme Lane and Wedgewood Ave.       

Inbound: From Main Ave., (r) Titus St., (c) Alma Cres. (l) Dutch Village Rd., (r) Joseph Howe Dr. to regular routing. No service to lower Main Ave.

Route 4 Rosedale

Outbound: From Dutch Village Rd., (r) Titus St., (l) Main Ave., (r) Willett St., to regular routing. No service to Rosedale Ave.

Inbound: From Willett St., (l) Main Ave., (r) Titus St., (c) Alma Cres. (l) Dutch Village Rd. to regular routing. No service on Rosedale Ave.

Route 5 Chebucto

Outbound and Inbound: From Joseph Howe Dr. - circle Armdale roundabout and return to Mumford Rd. to regular routing. No service to Springvale Ave., Winter St., Downs Ave., or Milsom St.

Route 6 Quinpool

Outbound and Inbound: From Joseph Howe Dr., circle the Armdale roundabout and return to Mumford Rd. to regular routing. No service to Fenwood Rd., Stonehaven Rd., Glenmore Ave., or Quarry Rd.

Route 7 Gottingen

Straight on Novalea Dr., (l) North Ridge Rd., turning at the turning loop and returning to Gottingen St. via Novalea Dr. No service to Kencrest Ave., Glebe St., St. Pauls St., or Vestry St.

Route 9 Barrington

To Downtown: Lady Hammond Rd., straight on Duffus St., (r) Devonshire Ave., (r) Barrington St. to regular routing. No service to Duffus St. between Novalea Dr. and Barrington St.

To Mumford: From Barrington, (l) Devonshire Ave. (l) Duffus St. to regular routing. No service to Duffus St. between Barrington St. and Novalea Dr.

Route 10 Dalhousie

Outbound: Woodlawn Rd., straight on Caledonia Rd., (l)  Dunbarton Ave. to regular routing. No service to Booth St. or Kennedy Dr.

Inbound: From Thistle St., (r) Wyse Rd., (r) Nantucket Ave., (r) Dartmouth Bridge Terminal. Do not enter Bridge Terminal from Thistle St.; use Nantucket Ave.

Route 14 Leiblin Park

Outbound and Inbound: Straight on Herring Cove Rd. No service to Withrod Dr., Mayo St., Osborne St., Tamarack Dr., Mountain Rd., Cowie Hill Rd., Ridge Valley Rd., or Highfield St.

Route 16 Parkland

No detour.

Route 17 Saint Mary’s

To Saint Mary's: Titus St., (s) Alma Cres., (l) Dutch Village Rd., (r) Joseph Howe Dr. to regular routing. No service to lower Main Ave.

Route 18 to Universities

To Universities: Knightsridge St., (r) Flamingo Dr., (r) Meadowlark Cres., (r) Lincoln Cross, (r) Dunbrack St., (r) Kearney Lake Rd., (r) Bedford Highway to regular routing.  No service to lower Flamingo Dr.

To Lacewood: Bedford Highway, (l) Kearney Lake Rd., (l) Dunbrack St., (l) Lincoln Cross, (l) Meadowlark Cres., (l) Flamingo Dr., (l) Knightsridge St., (l) Dunbrack St. to regular routing. No service to lower Flamingo Dr.

Route 19 Greystone

From the last stop on Herring Cove (by Hilden Dr.) - (l) Sylia Dr., (l) River Rd., (l) Drysdale Rd., (r) Herring Cove Rd. to regular inbound routing. No service to Greystone Dr.

Route 20 Herring Cove     

Outbound/Inbound: No service to Greystone Dr.

Route 21 Lakeside/Timberlea

To Timberlea (Peak Service): From Dutch Village Rd., (r) Alma Cres., (r) Titus St., (l) Main Ave., (r) Willett St. to regular routing. No service on Rosedale Ave.

To Downtown (Peak Service): From Willett St., (l) Main Ave, (r) Titus St., (l) Dutch Village Rd. to regular routing. No service on Rosedale Ave.

Route 22 Armdale

To Mumford: From Walter Havill Dr., (r) Osborne St., (r) North West Arm Dr., (l) Albert Walker Dr., (r) St. Margaret’s Bay Rd., continue down St. Margaret’s Bay Rd. back to regular routing. No service on Kelly St., Alton Dr., Stonehaven Rd., Glenmore Ave., Edgehill Rd. or Quarry Rd.                                                                             

To Exhibition Park: Continue up St. Margaret’s Bay Rd., (l) Albert Walker Dr., (r) North West Arm Dr., (l) Osborne Dr., (l) Walter Havill Dr. to regular routing. No service on Quarry Rd., Edgehill Rd., Glenmore Ave., Stonehaven Rd., Alton Dr., or Kelly St.                                       

Route 31 Main Express

To Downtown: Titus St. (s) Alma Cres., (l) Dutch Village Rd., (l) Joseph Howe Dr., (r) Fairview Overpass to regular routing. No service to lower Main Ave.

Route 32 Downtown/Cowie Hill

Continue straight on Herring Cove Rd. No service to Cowie Hill Rd. or Ridgevally Rd.

Route 33 Tantallon Express

To Downtown: Main Ave., (r) Titus St. (s) Alma Cres., (l) Dutch Village Rd., (l) Joseph Howe Dr. (r) Fairview Overpass to regular routing. No service to lower Main Ave.

Route 34 Glenbourne Express

To Downtown: Titus St., (s) Alma Cres., (l) Dutch Village Rd., (l) Joseph Howe Dr. (r) Fairview Overpass to regular routing. No service to lower Main Ave.

Route 35 Parkland Express

To Downtown: Knightsridge Dr., (r) Flamingo Dr., (r) Meadowlark Cres., (r) Dunbrack St., (r) Kearney Lake Rd., (r) Bedford Highway to regular routing.  No service to lower Flamingo Dr.

To Parkland: Bedford Highway, (l) Kearney Lake Rd., (l) Dunbrack St., (l) Meadowlark Cres., (l) Flamingo Dr., (l) Knightsridge Dr., (r) Dunbrack St. to regular routing. No service to lower Flamingo Dr.

Route 42 Lacewood/Dalhousie

To Downtown: Titus St., (s) Alma Cres., (l) Dutch Village Rd., (l) Joseph Howe Dr., (r) Fairview Overpass to regular routing. No service to lower Main Ave.

Route 52 Crosstown

To Dartmouth: Titus St., (l) Dutch Village Rd., (r) Joseph Howe Dr. to regular routing. No service to Lower Main Ave.

Route 57 Russell Lake

Outbound: Continue straight on Eisener Blvd., (l) Portland Estates Blvd. West to regular routing. No Service to Russell Lake Dr.

Inbound: From Portland Estates Blvd. West, (r) Eisener Dr. to regular routing. No service Russell Lake Dr. and to Woodside Ferry Terminal.

Trips normally required to service the Woodside Ferry Terminal will stop at the nearside of Atlantic St. (Ferry Terminal Entrance) drop off / pick up passengers, then proceed on Pleasant St., (l) Everette St., (l) Franklyn St., (l) Irving St., (r) Pleasant St., (r) on Acadia St. to regular routing.

Route 58 Woodlawn

From Ellenvale Ave., (l) Spring Ave., (r) Mount Edward Rd., (r) Topsail Blvd., (l) Lea St, (r) Windward Ave., (r) Lucien Dr., (r) Dorothea Dr., (r) Topsail Blvd., (l) Mount Edward Rd., (l) on Spring Ave. to regular routing.

Route 60

No service to Woodside Ferry in either direction.

Route 61 Auburn/North Preston

Outbound: Main St., (l) Lake Major Rd., (l) St. John Memorial Church Hall parking lot. No service to North Preston.

Route 62 Wildwood

Outbound: From Hawthorne St., (l) Prince Albert Rd., (r) Highway 111, (r) Portland St., (r) Penhorn Terminal to regular routing. No service to Manor Park.

Inbound: From Penhorn Terminal, (l) Portland St., (l) Highway 111 to Prince Albert Rd., straight onto Octerloney St. to regular routing. No service to Manor Park.

Discretion may be used by the mobile Service Supervisor in detouring from Sinclair St. and/or Manor Park depending on the extent of snow/ice clearing operations.

Route 66 Gaston Road

Sshort turn at Penhorn Terminal. No service to Gaston Rd.

Route 68 Cherrybrook

Outbound and Inbound: From Forrest Hills Parkway, (r) Main St., (l) Cherry Brook Rd., (l) into Black Cultural Centre parking lot, (r) Main St., Forest Hills Parkway to regular routing. No service to Taranaki Dr., Karen Dr., Montague Rd. into Cherry Brook.

Route 72 Portland Hills

To Dartmouth Crossing: From Portland St., (r) Regal Rd., (l) Collins Grove, (r) Spring Ave. to regular routing. No service to Spring Ave. between Portland St. and Collins Grove.

To Portland Hills: From Spring Ave., (l) Collins Grove, (r) Regal Rd., (l) Portland St. to regular routing. No service to Spring Ave. between Collins Grove and Portland St.

Route 78 Mount Edward Express & Route 79 Cole Harbour Express

From Pleasant St., (r) on Mount Hope Ave., (l) on Acadia St., (l) on Pleasant Street, hold time point at stop #7467 (A&W stop).

Route 81 Hemlock Ravine

Straight on Starboard Dr., (r) Larry Uteck Blvd. to regular routing. No service to Fleetview Dr., Outrigger Cres. or Cutter Dr.

If Larry Uteck isn't accessible...

Straight on Bedford Highway, (r) Sobey's parking lot, (l) Bedford Highway to regular routing. (supervisors' discretion)

Route 83 Springfield

From Sackville Terminal, (l) Old Sackville Rd., (r) Beaverbank Rd., (l) Sackville Dr. around the roundabout and back to the terminal via Sackville Dr., (r) Beaverbank Rd., (l) Old Sackville Rd., (r) Walker Rd. No service to Springfield Estates.

Route 86 Basinview Express

Outbound: Continue on Bedford Hwy., (r) Hammonds Plains Rd. to regular routing.  Same routing in reverse. No service to Meadowbrook and Basinview.

Downtown: Lacewood Dr., (s) Titus St., (s) Alma Cres., (l) Dutch Village Rd., (l) Joseph Howe Dr., (r) Fairview Overpass to regular routing. No service to lower Main Ave.

Route 89 Bedford

Buses will continue straight on Hammonds Plains Rd. No service on Gary Martin Dr. and Innovation Dr. in both directions.

Route 90 Larry Uteck

Straight on the Bedford Highway, (r) Sobeys parking lot, (L) Bedford Highway to regular routing. (supervisors' discretion)

Route 320 and 330

No detour.

Route 400 Beaverbank

From Sackville Terminal, (l) on Old Sackville Rd., (r) Beaverbank Rd., turning at the ball field just past Kinsac Fire Hall. Return trip - Beaverbank Rd. , (l) Old Sackville Rd. (r) Walker Ave. into the terminal.

Route 401 Porters Lake

Straight on number #7 Highway, do not turn on Brooks Dr. This route has to short turn at Lakeview Shopping Center. No service Grand Desert as the Highway #207 is not maintained.

Route 402

No detour.

List of Avoided Streets

Halifax: Broadholme Lane, Wedgewood Avenue, Lower Main Avenue, St. Margaret’s Bay Road, Quarry Road, Stonehaven Road, Starboard Drive, Edgehill Road, Duffus Street, Mayo Street, Tamarac Drive, Mountain Road, Flamingo Road, Greystone Drive, Lancaster Drive.

Dartmouth: Booth Street, Kennedy Drive, Dorthea Drive, Bellevista Drive, Lake Major Road, Lower Spring Avenue, Sinclair Street, Somerset Street, Gaston Road, Taranaki Drive, Karen Drive, Montague Road, Cherrybrook Road, Russell Lake Drive.

Sackville and Bedford: Springfield Lake, Walker Connector Road, Basinview, Meadowbrook.

North Preston: Lake Major Road, Cain Street, Williams Street, Johnson Road.                     

Woodside Ferry Terminal (notation)

In the event access to the terminal is denied (for whatever reasons), all routes normally servicing Woodside Ferry Terminal are to service existing inbound and outtbound stops on Pleasant St.                         

All Routes Servicing Sackville Terminal to/from Downsview                 

When travelling between Sackville Terminal and Downsview mall, buses will use Sackville Dr., Beaverbank Rd., and Old Sackville Rd. in both directions. No service on Walker Connector Rd.                                          

Bus tires in Winter Conditions

Recently, there has been discussion about the tires that Halifax Transit buses are equipped with and how they handle during winter conditions. Below are a few points of clarification:

  • Halifax Transit uses an aggressive tread all-season tire by Michelin designed for commercial use.
  • The same tire is used by many transit agencies across Canada including: Quebec City, City of Moncton and Stock Transportation School Buses.
  • The tire used by Halifax Transit is the industry standard and approved for use by the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board.
  • In some conditions, we recognize that some areas of our routes are going to be more affected by snow and ice than others. Routes with large hills and steep turns are most likely to be impacted and we have Snow Plan detours (listed above) that are put in place for such instances. Generally, the Snow Plan detours are the only put in place for a few hours until weather conditions improve.