We the residents of the Halifax Regional Municipality, formally request the Downtown Shuttle planned for the Downtown Halifax area be reinstated into the 5 year Transit Plan for the Municipality.
For 3 years the public have anticipated this service, which would provide free services to commuters, residents and workers within the downtown.
Regarding the environment, this type of hybrid transit reduces the carbon footprint of our Municipality as well.
According to HRM by Design, the municipality%u2019s new urban design policy, a downtown shuttle would be a boon to the area.
"Creation of a frequent, high-capacity shuttle transit service within the downtown, and with connections to nearby destinations such as hospitals and universities, has several benefits."
"Firstly, it can expand the reach of express transit services and ferries which stop at a single location downtown. It can improve connectivity within the downtown for visitors, shoppers, and employees alike. Using hybrid diesel-electric buses, the service can also reduce the impacts of buses on the downtown by reducing noise and emissions and allowing some routes to transfer passengers and turn around before entering the downtown."
The Proposed 5 Year Plan for Transit must reinstated the Downtown Shuttle back into the 5 Year Plan.