We're building a brand new Halifax Transit.

The revised Moving Forward Together Plan has been released and will be considered by the Transportation Standing Committee on March 24, 2016. You can find the revised plan here.


Stay tuned for a summary of feedback we received - from pop up information sessions and Twitter chats to surveys and emails.

While the survey and sessions might be over, we're always available for more conversation with interested stakeholders. You can contact us at movingforward@halifax.ca.

The draft Moving Forward Together Plan proposes the largest overhaul of the transit system ever done in Halifax, and aims to make our transit network simpler, smarter and more efficient.

In 2013 we asked you to tell us how we can improve Halifax Transit. The draft plan is inspired by what we heard from you.

Our Moving Forward Principles are:

1. Increase the proportion of resources allocated towards high ridership services

2. Build a simplified, transfer-based network

3. Invest in service quality and reliability

4. Give transit increased priority in the transportation network



The revised Moving Forward Together Plan has been released and will be considered by the Transportation Standing Committee on March 24, 2016. You can find the revised plan here.


Stay tuned for a summary of feedback we received - from pop up information sessions and Twitter chats to surveys and emails.

While the survey and sessions might be over, we're always available for more conversation with interested stakeholders. You can contact us at movingforward@halifax.ca.

The draft Moving Forward Together Plan proposes the largest overhaul of the transit system ever done in Halifax, and aims to make our transit network simpler, smarter and more efficient.

In 2013 we asked you to tell us how we can improve Halifax Transit. The draft plan is inspired by what we heard from you.

Our Moving Forward Principles are:

1. Increase the proportion of resources allocated towards high ridership services

2. Build a simplified, transfer-based network

3. Invest in service quality and reliability

4. Give transit increased priority in the transportation network



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    The First Moving Forward Together Plan principle is: 

    Increase the proportion of resources allocated towards high ridership services 

    This principle speaks to the role of public transit in building a more socially, environmentally and economically sustainable community. Increasing the proportion of resources allocated to high ridership services will help to reduce congestion, pollution, and the need to build, expand and maintain additional roadway and parking infrastructure, while also making the service more cost effective.

    This principle is reflected in the plan by: 

    • Establishing Corridor Routes
    • Establishing Link Service
    • Providing coverage service in off-peak periods
    • Reducing Low Ridership Services

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    The First Moving Forward Together Plan principle is: 

    Increase the proportion of resources allocated towards high ridership services 

    This principle speaks to the role of public transit in building a more socially, environmentally and economically sustainable community. Increasing the proportion of resources allocated to high ridership services will help to reduce congestion, pollution, and the need to build, expand and maintain additional roadway and parking infrastructure, while also making the service more cost effective.

    This principle is reflected in the plan by: 

    • Establishing Corridor Routes
    • Establishing Link Service
    • Providing coverage service in off-peak periods
    • Reducing Low Ridership Services

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    The Second Moving Forward Together Principle is:

    Build a simplified transfer based network.

    A network design with increased reliance on transfers can simplify the network and make it easier for existing and potential riders to understand. It also can reduce the average length of routes in the network, which can improve service reliability. 

    Transfers work best at locations where a number of routes can connect with each other to accommodate travel made from a diverse set of passenger trip origins to a diverse set of passenger destinations. They are also commonly used to provide connections between low demand areas and... Continue reading

    The Second Moving Forward Together Principle is:

    Build a simplified transfer based network.

    A network design with increased reliance on transfers can simplify the network and make it easier for existing and potential riders to understand. It also can reduce the average length of routes in the network, which can improve service reliability. 

    Transfers work best at locations where a number of routes can connect with each other to accommodate travel made from a diverse set of passenger trip origins to a diverse set of passenger destinations. They are also commonly used to provide connections between low demand areas and high ridership services in major transportation corridors.

    Where there is a high demand between one part of the network and a particular destination, a direct “single seat” trip can be provided. Such services, for example downtown-oriented trips during weekday peak periods, are attractive to passengers and make efficient use of bus and operator resources.

    The draft Moving Forward Together Plan strikes a balance by providing direct trips (without transfers) and transfer-based trips where appropriate.

    Within major transportation corridors and to/from areas of high demand, direct trips are provided. Whereas more dispersed travel patterns are accommodated through transfer-based trips.

    This principle is reflected in the plan by: 

    • Facilitating Transfers 
    • Making the Network Easier to Understand
    • Improving Passenger Amenities
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    The Third Moving Forward Together Principle is: 

    Invest in service quality and reliability

    Investing in transit service quality and reliability means dedicating resources to maintaining existing service in good condition by addressing schedule adherence issues and overloads on an ongoing basis, as opposed to prioritizing the introduction of new services.

    Throughout all public consultation activities in 2013, participants consistently indicated that both the maintenance of existing service and the introduction of new service were important, although many agreed that in the short term, Halifax Transit should focus on improving the reliability of the existing service. 

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    The Third Moving Forward Together Principle is: 

    Invest in service quality and reliability

    Investing in transit service quality and reliability means dedicating resources to maintaining existing service in good condition by addressing schedule adherence issues and overloads on an ongoing basis, as opposed to prioritizing the introduction of new services.

    Throughout all public consultation activities in 2013, participants consistently indicated that both the maintenance of existing service and the introduction of new service were important, although many agreed that in the short term, Halifax Transit should focus on improving the reliability of the existing service. 

    This principle is reflected in the plan by: 

    • Address capacity, demand, frequency, and service span issues on existing routes
    • Use route structures which support schedule adherence and shorter travel times
    • Balance fleet improvement and fleet expansion
    • Apply new quality of service guidelines

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    The fourth Moving Forward Together principle is: 

    Give transit increased increased priority in the transportation network

    Making transit faster and more reliable is important to make transit attractive to new riders, to increase ridership and to control operating costs. One of the best means to do this is by reducing the impact that traffic congestion and traffic signals have on transit vehicles.

    Transit Priority Measures (TPMs) are tools that municipalities and transit agencies can use to reduce these delays, improve reliability and reduce the average travel time of transit vehicles. There are many different types of TPMs, and... Continue reading

    The fourth Moving Forward Together principle is: 

    Give transit increased increased priority in the transportation network

    Making transit faster and more reliable is important to make transit attractive to new riders, to increase ridership and to control operating costs. One of the best means to do this is by reducing the impact that traffic congestion and traffic signals have on transit vehicles.

    Transit Priority Measures (TPMs) are tools that municipalities and transit agencies can use to reduce these delays, improve reliability and reduce the average travel time of transit vehicles. There are many different types of TPMs, and in many cases they are used together to create a city-wide network. Some of the most common TPMs include Traffic Signal Priority, queue jumps, bus lanes, and separated transit ways.

    Overall, public consultation indicated strong support for the implementation of TPMs, with both regular transit users and non-transit users agreeing that TPMs play a key role in increasing the reliability of transit and in making it more attractive and user-friendly. However, many participants recognized that TPMs are not a “one size fits all” solution, and that each situation must be carefully considered to ensure that the right measure is implemented in the right location.

    This principle is reflected in the plan by: 
    • Supporting implementation of TPM projects in the short term through an ongoing TPM Opportunities Assessment
    • Identifying the need for a comprehensive strategy for TPMs
    • Seeking out opportunities for low cost TPMs
    • Prioritizing TPMs in key corridors
    • Modifying routes to take advantage of existing and future TPMs
    Have we met this principle? Tell us what you think below.


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