Regional Council approves Rapid Transit Strategy and Electric Bus Proposal
Regional Council has approved two significant Transit projects that will provide valuable, long-term benefits to the municipality by helping to achieve the objectives outlined in the Integrated Mobility Plan (IMP) and broader climate change goals.
The first initiative, the Rapid Transit Strategy (RTS), includes four Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lines, which will have less frequent stops than traditional routes; will run at a high-frequency; and will incorporate a network of transit priority lanes that allow buses to avoid traffic congestion.
Additionally, the RTS recommends three new fast ferry routes providing direct connections between downtown Halifax and new terminals at Mill Cove, Larry Uteck and Shannon Park.
The second initiative, the Electric Bus Proposal, recommends converting the Transit bus fleet to a low-carbon or zero-emission fleet. The goal is to electrify 50 per cent of the fleet by 2028.
To proceed with next steps, Regional Council has:
- directed the CAO to submit both the Rapid Transit Strategy and Electric Bus Proposal for funding through the Federal Government’s Public Transit Infrastructure Fund and the Green Infrastructure Fund, as well as any additional stimulus funding streams that may become available; and
- authorized the mayor to send a letter of support for both the Rapid Transit Strategy and Electric Bus Proposal to the Province of Nova Scotia.
For details, read the report and the presentation to Council.