In May 2020, Regional Council approved the staff report including these strategic transit projects, a crucial first step in making these initiatives a reality.
However, timely completion of the full scope of both projects will only be possible by partnering with other levels of government for funding. As the largest capital investment ever made to public transit in Halifax, these projects represent a complex undertaking that will take place over the next seven to eight years and will require additional dedicated staff resources.
The municipality believes these proposals are well positioned to receive support from other levels of government, as they align with key provincial and federal priorities aimed at tackling climate change and improving public transit.
The municipality has submitted both proposals to the Province of Nova Scotia 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.