As the province moves through its recovery phases, Halifax Transit has increased service levels in a phased approach, while continuing to follow public health guidelines.
Masks are mandatory on all Halifax Transit buses and ferries. Effective August 1, 2020, fare collection and full seating capacity on buses and ferries have resumed, and passengers are permitted to enter buses through the front door. Effective Monday, August 31, all regular and express bus routes will run on their regular schedules.
Increased Evening and Weekend Ferry Service Effective October 26
On Monday, October 26, evening and weekend ferry service will increase as follows:
- Alderney ferry service will increase to:
- 15-minute frequency on weekdays from 7:15 a.m. – 8:15 p.m. and 30-minute frequency from 8:45 p.m. – 10:45 p.m.
- 30-minute frequency on weekends from 6:30 a.m. – 10:45 p.m.
- Woodside ferry service will remain at 15-minute frequency on weekdays at peak periods (6:37 a.m. – 9: 37 a.m. and 2:37 p.m. – 5:22 p.m.) 30-minute service will continue through mid-day.
- Conventional Buses
Effective Monday, August 31, all regular and express bus routes will run on their regular schedules.
The following schedule adjustments due to COVID-19 will continue to be in effect until October 26, 2020:
Woodside service will have 15-minute frequency on weekdays at peak periods (6:37 a.m. – 9: 37 a.m. and 2:37 p.m. – 6:07 p.m.) 30-minute service will also be restored mid-day. Please check the Woodside ferry service schedule for further information.
- Alderney service will have to 15-minute frequency on weekdays at peak periods (7:00 a.m. – 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.). Please check the Alderney ferry service schedule for further information.
Food and drink will be prohibited to reduce litter.
- Mandatory Masks
In keeping with the provincial public health order, masks are mandatory on all Halifax Transit buses and ferries, and inside transit terminals, as of July 31. Children under two, children aged 2 to 4 when their caregiver can't get them to wear a mask, and those with a medical reason for not wearing a mask are exempt. Those who are feeling ill are reminded not use any transit services until their health returns to normal.
As part of a public mask awareness campaign, Halifax Transit staff will be distributing masks at Pop-Up events at select locations across the Municipality. Times and locations will be announced in advance via municipal social media channels.
- Capacity Increase
The mandatory use of masks and the installation of Polycarbonate shields has allowed for the safe increase in capacity. Capacity restrictions on buses, Access-a-Buses and Ferries were lifted as of Saturday, August 1, 2020.
- Fare Collection and Passes
Fare collection on buses and ferries resumed on Saturday, August 1 and passengers are permitted to enter buses through the front door.
2020/21 Low Income Transit Pass applications are available online. The 2019/20 program has been extended, and previously approved participants can purchase passes at Customer Service Centres for the months of August and September. Please note: The Acadia and Scotia Square Mall Service Centres are permanently closed, and Low Income Transit passes can only be purchased at either the Bayers Road Customer Service Centre or Alderney Gate Customer Service Centre. We encourage both existing/past and new participants to apply to the 20/21 program as soon as possible, as applications are approved on a first come, first served basis.
For all other information regarding transit passes, including updated expiry dates, please visit our Fares, Tickets, and Passes page.
Alternating seats will be blocked off with signage at some terminals.
Access-a-Bus service levels will continue to be adjusted to meet the demand.
Please note: Service levels will continue to be adjusted as public health directives change. Changes will be implemented as quickly as possible but often require substantial lead time.
Your patience and understanding is appreciated.
- Route 320: Airport Express
Any persons traveling within the Atlantic travel bubble (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador) including via air travel, are now permitted to take public transit.
In accordance with Section 32 of the Health Protection Act, air travelers from outside of the Atlantic provinces are not permitted to use public transit until after 14 days from their arrival.
However, airline employees who are arriving from anywhere outside of Nova Scotia are permitted to use public transit as per the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) guidelines.
This includes the Halifax Transit MetroX/Airport Express #320 bus route to and from Halifax Stanfield International Airport. Thank you for your cooperation.