Beginning Monday, Aug. 27, a number of bus and ferry schedule adjustments, a new MetroX Park & Ride lot, and HRM’s first high-frequency transit corridor on Portland Street, will be introduced as part of the continued implementation of the 2012/13 Annual Service Plan.
Highlights of the Aug. 27 service and schedule adjustments are below:
A new high-frequency transit corridor between Portland Hills Terminal and the Bridge Terminal will provide customers with improved service efficiency and reliability. Schedules for routes 59, 61 and 68 have been staggered to provide10 minute weekday frequency and 20 minute weekend frequency among the three routes travelling the Portland Corridor. This is one of several high-frequency corridors that will be introduced over the next few years as Metro Transit works to improve overall service quality and reliability.
Community Transit will be integrated with regular bus service; therefore Community Transit routes will be assigned route numbers as follows:
- Route 400 Beaver Bank Community Transit
- Route 401 Porter’s Lake Community Transit
- Route 402 Sambro Community Transit
Customers are advised that Community Transit buses will now only service designated bus stops. For a complete list of Community Transit bus stops visitwww.halifax.ca/metrotransit/community_transit.html.
MetroX - New Sheldrake Lake Park & Ride:
A new 48 vehicle-capacity Park & Ride lot will open at Exit 4, off Highway 103 to enhance community access to the renamed MetroX 330 Tantallon/Sheldrake Lake route. Three inbound morning and three outbound afternoon trips have been added to provide peak direction service between Sheldrake Lake and downtown Halifax. A few of the existing trips between Tantallon and downtown Halifax will now also serve the new Sheldrake Lake Park & Ride lot.
- Weekday frequency reduced to every 30 minutes between 12 -2 p.m.
- Late night service after 10:30 p.m. removed except on Friday and Saturday evenings when service remains in place until 12 a.m.
- Two morning trips removed on Sunday to begin service at 11:30 a.m.
- 9:37 a.m. trip to Halifax and 9:52 a.m. trip to Woodside removed
Schedule adjustments will impact a number of bus routes, including the discontinuation of the route 3 Mumford (formerly Manors) and the reinstatement of routes 41 Dartmouth/Dalhousie and 42 Lacewood/Dalhousie.
For a complete list of transit service and schedule changes going into effect on August 27, visit www.halifax.ca/metrotransit/news/index.html or call 490-4000.
New Bridge Terminal:
The new Bridge Terminal opening, originally scheduled for Aug. 27, has been moved to Monday, Sept. 17. Metro Transit and HRM Planning and Infrastructure staff made the decision to postpone the opening of the terminal to ensure all onsite work is complete so they could provide the service passengers were promised on opening day.
Google Transit will reflect the new Bridge Terminal location beginning Aug. 27. GoTime will be required to revert to scheduled time on Aug. 27 as the new GPS coordinates for the Bridge Terminal will be incorrect and would cause misreporting of real-time throughout the system. GoTime will resume real-time reporting on Sept. 17 when the new terminal opens.