Hello. I'm happy to see this engagement hub exists because I have a question: Has the option of fining households who never put out blue bags been considered as a strategy to enforce proper waste separation at the curb? It seems to me this might be an easy way to identify citizens who are not even trying to recycle. In our family (2 adults, 2 children), we produce one bag of paper and one bag of recyclables each week. If a by-law officer did the recycling pick up circuit ahead of the truck it would be easy to identify houses that weren't separating their garbage, I think.
Thank you for your suggestion. Monitoring can be helpful in identifying people who are not recycling, but only if it can be done every week. Some households only put their recycling curbside every second or third week for example. We have had some success doing this on a small scale and are looking to find ways to broaden.
HRM is making recommendations on ways we can more easily identify households that are not recycling or using their green cart. This includes reducing the bag limit from 6 to 4 and requiring the use of clear bags for garbage. Clear bags will allow the collection staff to see if there is recyclable or food waste in the garbage. If there is they can leave it behind with a sticker telling the resident they have to re-sort it. For more information on these recommendations you can check out our website: Halifax.ca/recycle.
A real need is a realistic schedule, and one ALL drivers stick to. It does not take an hour to reach Sackville from downtown, so why schedule it that way? AS is, some drivers go slowly along the route, other drive quickly to the next stop or 2, then wait for 10 minutes to leave. Makes it very difficult to catch a bus in between these stops.
Thank you for your comments. The makeup of the transit system is part of this consultation and does relate directly to the points you bring up. A transfer-based system would allow for shorter and more frequent trips and less direct single seat routes which tend to be more impacted by increased traffic flows and slow the schedule down. Please keep this in mind as you fill out this portion of the consultation.
No bus should have priority over cars. We already see too many bus drivers pull out without looking & use the size of their vehicle to dominate the roads. Penisular HRM is way too small to have lanes only for bus traffic.
We need to address issues such as more direct links from areas such as Clayton Park to Burnside, have a Burnside shuttle that can commute to areas of the industrial park that do not have current routes, stop using the same streets routes for numerous buses - branch out so that more citizens can take advantage of transit and leave their cars at home.
Also, look closely @ how many buses are late so that passengers miss their connections and how many buses just do not show up as scheduled.
For me to take transit to work I have to take 3 buses each way with a travel time of approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours each way but if I take my car I can be @ work within 15 minutes (Clayton Park to Burnside - #18 to 16 to 72 which is the only route that gets me within 5-7 minute walk to work after departing the bus).
Why can't Metro transit make their system work more effectively & efficiently? Other cities do!
Thank you for your comments. The issues you bring up fit into both the transit system makeup and the transit priority measures discussion on the five year service plan survey. If you have not already, please take the time to fill out the survey with your above thoughts in mind. If you have filled out the survey, thank you. The next phase of this consultation will be to take all of these surveys and comments and incorporate them into a draft five year plan that will go back to consultations with the public in the spring.
Buses should have some right away because they help reduce traffic jams; however, some of the bus drivers take this too far. I do take the bus everyday to and from work I also drive my car on the weekends and sometimes the buses get crazy since this new program. The 5 year plan should be to continue what you are doing expanding routes when there is a demand but consider the cost.
Thank you for your comments. As you pointed out, the issue of Transit Priority Measures (TPMs) is a focus of this consultation and we appreciate your thoughts. Obviously, this consultation deals with values associated with transit service, but, if you see individual buses that you feel are driving dangerously, please report it to our 311 service by phone or online at https://www.halifax.ca/311/email/index.html.
You increase the bus times and routes in Halifax and forget the outer areas. Eastern Passage has been waiting for many years for better buses. It would be nice to be able to take a bus from Eastern Passage and go to Cole Harbour with out having to go to Dartmouth. The time spent on the bus is too long and not only that they do not come out to the Eastern Passage often enough. The Heritage Hills bus only runs in the morning and early evening hours which is not convent for alot of people. Try walking up Horns Road after you have done some shopping on Saturday, carrying bags of food gets heavy very quickly. Do not only think of improving the bus system in Dartmouth and Halifax but look at the other areas in which service needs to be updated. Thank you.
Thank you for your comments. The issues you bring up with service between communities and with service outside of the regional centre fit into both the ridership versus coverage discussion and the transit system makeup discussion in the survey portion of the five year service plan. If you haven't filled out the survey then please take the time to do so with the points you have brought up here in mind. If you have filled out the survey, we thank you and it will be incorporated into the draft five year plan that will go back to public consultation in the spring.
Have just had the unique experience of travelling by bus in Europe. Their buses run on time-are usually filled and they have designated bus lanes. Here in Halifax we don't have enough space for designated lanes, so the thrust should be to get as many cars off the road as possible. Not only should you be looking at vehicular traffic but what about the waterways-again Europe seems to have that well sorted out.
Thank you for your comments. The issues you speak about that show the efficiency of the bus travel in Europe fit nicely into both the transit system makeup and transit priority measure (TPM) discussions. Please include these thoughts in those sections of the survey and they will be incorporated as we draft a new five year plan.
Instead of focusing on things like buses having priority over cars in traffic, which would just add to road rage, you should be looking at which routes require more frequent buses and when, ensuring that connections can be made properly - nothing is more frustrating than arriving just as your connection is leaving and then having to wait around for a half an hour or more for the next one! Also, ensure the right size bus is on the right route at the right time to help manage your costs - the 57 doesn't need a full-size bus, you can use a smaller one; but the routes that cross the bridge during rush hour should all be large, articulated ones. Revisit the actual routes - for instance - why does EVERY single route into Halifax go along Barrington street? There are many other streets in town! That would make things easier for many, and make transit a more attractive option. A couple of years ago, my daughter and I took transit from Dartmouth to the Multicultural Festival across from Pier 21 - on the weekend, it took us TWO hours to get there! That's ridiculous! Please, take a look at these issues and if you fix them, more people WILL take transit.
Thank you for your comments. The issues that you bring up tie into the consultation discussion points very well. Transit Priority Measures, ridership versus coverage, and the make up of the transit system all relate to your comments above. If you have not filled out the survey, I encourage you to do it. If you have, thank you and keep checking back for news on the next round of consultations scheduled for spring 2014. In those consultations, we will take the draft plan developed using the feedback provided in this round of consultations to the public for their views.
I have been a transit user for many years. I think that Council and Management should take some time and travel on some of the bus routes to see how frustrating it is to travel by bus in the HRM. It is horrendous for those of us who do not work from 9 to 5. I should not take me an hour to get to Clayton Park from downtown Halifax and that is on a good day. Alot of the routes stop running at 6 or before and after 6 run only every hour. Getting a bus to Dartmouth Crossing is a nightmare. There are errors in the new bus schedule. Some routes say they run every half hour but they run every hour. I pointed this error out to a driver. Night time service the busses are packed especially on routes 52, 4 and 1. There should be more busses after 6 pm.
Thank you for your comments. The issues that you discuss with the transit system and coverage of the system fit very well into two of the four discussion points in the Five Year Plan Consultation survey and we would encourage you to bring these points forward. As for any errors that may exist in the Riders Guide, please send those errors to our 311 service via email at - https://www.halifax.ca/311/email/index.html.
I feel that buses should not have priority over cars in traffic. The streets and roads are for all to share equally. Bus drivers constantly pull out into traffic without looking and cause major traffic congestion on two lane streets. Buses need to share the same as everybody else. It will make things a lot safer for everyone.
Thank you for your comments. The points you make fit directly into the Transit Priority Measure (TPM) discussion in the 5 Year Service Plan Consultation. Please make your points on that issue in the survey and we will incorporate them into the development of the next draft plan.
Stop shooting yourselves in the foot. Stop spending money widening streets to encourage cars to drive downtown. Use the money to buy more buses. Reduce fares by at least 50% to encourage people to use the buses instead of their cars. Run smaller buses and run them more frequently. (5 min service on most routes)
Thank you for your comments. Although the Metro Transit Five Year Plan consultation does not deal directly with street widening projects, it does deal with many of the other issues you bring forward. Specifically around smaller buses, more frequently as this would fit into the system design question of the consultation. Please fill out the survey in the transit portion of shapeyourcityhalifax.ca and incorporate these thoughts.