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Halifax Transit 2015-16 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 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 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 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 400 Beaverbank
Route 401 Porters Lake
Listing of all avoided streets
Bus Tires in Winter Conditions

Route 2 Wedgewood

Outbound: From Kearney Lake Rd, (r) Castle Hill Drive, (l) on Armstrong Drive, circle the turning loop and return (r) on Castle Hill Drive, (l) on Kearney Lake Road. No service to Broadholme and Wedgewood.       

Inbound: From Main Ave (r) Titus Street (l) Dutch Village Road (r) Joseph Howe Drive. No service to lower Main Avenue.

Route 4 Rosedale

Outbound: From Alma Cres, (r) Titus, (l) Main Ave, (r) Willett St, and regular routing. No service on Rosedale

Inbound: From Willett St, (l) Main Av, (r) Titus, (l) Dutch Village Rd and regular routing. No service on Rosedale.

Route 5 Chebucto

Outbound and Inbound: From Joseph Howe Drive to circle Armdale roundabout and return to Mumford and regular routing. No service to Springvale.

Route 6 Quinpool

Outbound and Inbound: From Joseph Howe Drive, circle the Armdale roundabout and return to Mumford and regular routing. No service to Stonehaven.

Route 7 Gottingen

Straight on Nova Lea, straight on North Ridge turning at the turning loop and returning to Gottingen via Nova Lea Drive.

Route 9 Barrington

Mumford to Downtown: Lady Hammond Road, Duffus Street, (r) Devonshire Avenue. No service to Duffus Street.

To Mumford: From Barrington, (l) Devonshire to Duffus & regular routing. No service to Duffus Street.

Route 10 Dalhousie

Outbound: (l) from Spikenard on to Woodlawn continue straight on Caledonia (l)  Dunbarton to regular routing. (No service to Booth St & Kennedy)

Route 14 Leiblin Park

Outbound and Inbound: From Herring Cove Rd, (R) Cowie Hill Rd., (L) Ridge Valley to Punch Bowl. Reverse in opposite direction. (No service to Tamarack)

Route 17 Saint Mary’s

To Saint Mary's: Titus Street, (l) Dutch Village Rd, (r) Joseph Howe Dr & regular routing. No service to lower Main Avenue.

Route 18 Universities

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

Route 19 Greystone

From the last stop on Herring Cove (by Hilden Dr) (l) Sylia Drive, (l) River Road, (l) Drysdale Road, (r) Herring Cove Road and back to regular routing. No service to Greystone Drive.

Route 20 Herring Cove     

Buses will not service Greystone

Route 21 Lakeside/Timberlea

To Timberlea: From Alma Cres, (r) Titus, (l) Main Ave, (r)Willett St, and regular routing. No service on Rosedale.

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

Route 22 Armdale

To Mumford: From Walter Havill Drive, (r) onto Osborne St, (r) North West Arm Dr, (l) onto Albert Walker Dr, (r) onto St Margaret’s Bay Rd, continue down St Margaret’s Bay Rd back to normal routing. No service on Fenwood Rd, Stonehaven or Kelly Dr.                                                                             

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, and back to normal routing. No service on Fenwood Rd, Stonehaven or Kelly Dr.                                       

Route 31 Main Express

To Downtown: Titus Street (l) Dutch Village Road, (l) Joseph Howe Drive, (r) Fairview Overpass and regular routing. No service to lower Main Avenue.

Route 33 Tantallon Express

To Downtown: Titus Street (l) Dutch Village Road, (l) Joseph Howe Drive (r) Fairview Overpass and regular routing. No service to lower Main Avenue.

Route 34 Glenbourne Express

To Downtown: Titus Street (l) Dutch Village Road, (l) Joseph Howe Drive (r) Fairview Overpass and regular routing. No service to lower Main Avenue.

Route 35 Parkland Express

To Downtown: Knightsridge, (r) Flamingo Drive, (r) Meadowlark, (r) Dunbrack, (r) Kearney Lake Road, (r) Bedford Highway and regular routing.  No service to lower Flamingo Drive.

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

Route 42 Lacewood/Dalhousie

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

Route 52 Crosstown

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

Route 57 Russell Lake

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

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

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

Route 58 Woodlawn

Buses will head straight on Spring Ave, (r) on Mount Edward Rd, (r) on Topsail Blvd, (l) on Lea St, (r) on Windward Ave, (r) on Lucien Dr, (r) on Dorothea Dr, (r) on Topsail Blvd, (l) on Mount Edward Rd, (l) on Spring Ave, to regular routing.

Route 61 Auburn/North Preston

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

Route 62 Wildwood

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

Inbound: From Penhorn Terminal, (l) Portland, (l) Highway 111 To Prince Albert Rd, straight onto Octerloney and 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

Buses will short turn at Penhorn Terminal with no service to Gaston Road.

Route 68 Cherrybrook

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

Route 72 Portland Hills

To Dartmouth Crossing: Via Portland, (r) Regal Rd, (l) Collins Grove, (r)Spring Ave and regular routing. No service to lower Spring Avenue.

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

Route 78 Mount Edward Express & Route 79 Cole Harbour Express

From Pleasant Street, (r) on Mount Hope Avenue, (l) on Acadia, (l) on Pleasant Street.

Route 81 Hemlock Ravine

Straight on the Bedford Highway through the Sobey’s parking lot left on the Bedford Highway to regular route.

Route 83 Springfield

From Sackville Terminal, left Old Sackville Rd, right Beaverbank Rd and left on Sackville Drive around the roundabout and back to the terminal via Sackville Drive, right Beaverbank Rd, left Old Sackville Rd, right on Walker into the terminal. No service to Springfield Estates.

Route 86 Basinview Express

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

Downtown: From Main Ave, (r)Titus St (l) Dutch Village Rd (l) Joseph Howe Dr  (r) Fairview Overpass and regular routing. No service to lower Main Avenue.

Route 89 Bedford

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

Route 90 Larry Uteck

Straight on the Bedford Highway through the Sobey’s parking lot left on the Bedford Highway to regular routing.

Route 400 Beaverbank

From Sackville Terminal, left on Old Sackville Road and right on Beaverbank Road turning at the ball Field just past Kinsac Fire Hall and turn at the ball field. Return trip would be Beaverbank Road , left on Old Sackville Road and right into the terminal.

Route 401 Porters Lake

Straight on number# 7 Highway, do not turn on Upper Governor Street. This route has to short turn at Lakeview Shopping Center and not service Grand Dessert as the highway #207 is not maintained.

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.                                                                                                             

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.