Halifax Transit

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Halifax-logo.jpg
Info
Transit type Bus
Paratransit
Ferry
Number of lines 45 Regular Routes
10 Express Routes
2 MetroLink Routes
3 Community Routes
2 Harbour Ferries
3 MetroX Routes
Daily ridership 50,000(2008)
Chief executive Eddie Robar
Headquarters 200 Ilsley Avenue
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Website http://www.halifax.ca/transit/
Operation
Began operation January 1st, 1979
Operator(s) City of Halifax
Number of vehicles 315

Halifax Transit is the largest public transport agency operating buses and ferries in Halifax, Dartmouth and the surrounding suburbs.

History

Halifax Transit was created in 1979 under the name Metro Transit by merging 2 different transit companies from the Halifax/Dartmouth regions. Halifax Transit Corporation and Dartmouth Transit Service were merged in order to provide a more reliable service in the region. Though officially under the name of Metro Transit, Metro Transit only began operation of the company in early 1980. In the early years, buses were still being stored in the predecessor garages, then Metro Transit opened their own in 1981. A new garage was built in Burnside and opened in March 1981.

In 2014, Metro Transit was renamed to Halifax Transit.

Fare Structure

2014 Fare Structure

Regular Service

Fare Media Ticket Type Validity Period Regular Fare Reduced Fare
5-15 years
65+ years
Student
Regular Cash 1 ticket 90 minutes 2.50 $ 1.75 $ 2.50 $
10 Tickets Each Ticket:
90 minutes
20.00 $ 14.50 $ $20.00 $
MetroCard Monthly Pass 1 Calander Month 78.00 $ 58.00 $ 70.00 $

MetroLink Service

Fare Media Ticket Type Validity Period Regular Fare Reduced Fare Notes
5-15 years
65+ years
Student
With ticket, MetroPass, UPass or transfer
Regular Cash 1 ticket 90 minutes 3.00 $ 2.25 $ 3.00 $
Add 0.50 $
MetroLink Pass Monthly Pass 1 Calander Month 94.50 $ N/A

MetroX Service

Fare Media Ticket Type Validity Period Regular Fare Reduced Fare Notes
5-15 years
65+ years
Student
With ticket, MetroPass, UPass or transfer With MetroLink pass or transfer
Regular Cash 1 ticket 90 minutes 3.50 $ 2.75 $ 3.50 $
Add 1.00 $ Add 0.50 $
MetroLink Pass Monthly Pass 1 Calander Month 111.00 $ N/A

Bus Routes

Route Range
01-29 30-39 40-49 50-79 80-89
MetroLink MetroX Community Transit

Regular Service

Halifax Transit operates 57 Regular Routes in the regions Halifax Regional Municipality (Halifax, Dartmouth, Bedford and Sackville). Other areas covered include rural areas between (Eastern Passage, North Preston, Cherry Brook, Tantallon and Herring Cove). Bus routes are numbered depending on the service type or by the region they serve.

MetroLink Service

Halifax Transit operates 2 MetroLink Routes which connect downtown Halifax Terminal (Scotia Square bus terminal) with Portland Hills and Sackville Terminals. Another MetroLink Route runs between Portland Hills terminal and Woodside Ferry Terminal. All MetroLink routes are numbered in the 100 series and use uniquely New Flyer Industries D40LF buses. The buses assigned to this route feature a distinctive livery and feature transit priority measures to speed up service.

MetroX Rural Express

Halifax Transit presently operates two MetroX routes, with future plans to add one more. MetroX route 330 provides service from Downtown Halifax (Scotia Square Terminal) to rural areas along the province's 100 series highways, while MetroX route 320 serves the Halifax Airport. The MetroX routes are numbered in the 300 series with the second digit representing the highway it serves. Buses that serve MetroX routes also feature a distinctive livery. Route 330 is served by Glaval Bus Titans, while route 320 is served by Nova Bus LFS equipped with luggage racks and air conditioning. Bike racks are available on both routes.

Community Routes

Halifax Transit operates a rural bus system, and was given the name of Community Routes. These routes are numbered in the 400 series. These community routes provide service to Beaver Bank, Porter Lake, East Preston and Sambro. All community routes are served by New Flyer Industries D30LF, except during busier times where New Flyer Industries D40LF's are used. The Samboro route is served by Glaval Bus Titans.

Access-A-Bus

Access-A-Bus is the equivalent to paratransit in other cities. This service is a dial-a-ride system for the elderly and handicapped residents of the city. Access-A-Bus is served by accessible minibuses.

Ferry Routes

Halifax Transit provides 2 ferry routes. Operating between Halifax (Halifax Ferry Terminal) and Dartmouth (Alderney Ferry Terminal) which operates daily using 2 ferries. The other route connects downtown Halifax and Woodside. The second routes operates Monday through Friday and operates using 2 ferries.

Route Range
Dartmouth-Halifax Woodside-Halifax

Bus Fleet Roster

Active Fleet

Thumbnail Fleet number range Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Remarks
MT-507.jpg 505 to 507 1999 New Flyer Industries D30LF Cummins ISL Allison B300R
  • Used mainly for Community Transit Routes.
MX-525.jpg 516 to 525 2009 GM Glavel Bus Titan GM Duramax 6.6L Allison 2200
  • Used on Tantallon MetroX Service.
  • MetroX Livery.
MX-528.jpg 526 to 534 2012 Nova Bus LFS Cummins ISL9 ZF 6AP1400B
  • Used on Airport MetroX Service.
  • MetroX Livery.
MX-536.jpg 535 to 540 2013 Frightliner Glavel Bus Legacy Cummins ISB Allison 2200
  • Used on Porters Lake MetroX Service.
  • MetroX Livery.
600 2005 New Flyer Industries D40LF Cummins ISL Allison B400R
  • Unit 600 was repainted into regular Halifax Transit Livery.
601 to 619 2005 New Flyer Industries D40LF Cummins ISL Allison B400R
  • Used uniquely for MetroLink Service
  • MetroLink Livery
MT-716.jpg 715 to 716 2009 New Flyer Industries DE60LFR Cummins ISL Allison EP 50 Hybrid System
MT-721.jpg 717 to 741 2010 Nova Bus LFS Artic Cummins ISL9 ZF 6AP1700B
MT-748.jpg 742 to 761 2012 Nova Bus LFS Artic Cummins ISL9 ZF 6AP1700B
MT-952.jpg 948 to 952 1990 Motor Coach Industries TC40-102N "Classic" Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V731
MT-956.jpg 953 to 966 1994 Nova Bus TC40-102N "Classic" Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V731-D
MT-971.jpg 967 to 974 1995 Nova Bus TC40-102N "Classic" Detroit Diesel Series 50 Allison B400R
MT-984.jpg 975 to 985 1996 Nova Bus TC40-102N "Classic" Detroit Diesel Series 50 Allison B400R
  • 975 & 976 originally ran with a Propane Powered S50, converted to Diesel in 1998
MT-993.jpg 986 to 996 1999 Nova Bus LFS Cummins ISC Allison B400R
MT-1000.jpg 997 to 1000 2000 Nova Bus LFS Cummins ISC Allison B400R
MT-1018.jpg 1001 to 1032 2002 New Flyer Industries D40LF Cummins ISL Allison B400R
MT-1056.jpg 1033 to 1060 2004 New Flyer Industries D40LF Cummins ISL Allison B400R
MT-1080.jpg 1061 to 1082 2005 New Flyer Industries D40LF Cummins ISL Allison B400R
MT-1094.jpg 1083 to 1107 2006 New Flyer Industries D40LF Cummins ISL Allison B400R
MT-1130.jpg 1108 to 1131 2007 New Flyer Industries D40LF Cummins ISL Allison B400R
MT-1143.jpg 1132 to 1153 2008 New Flyer Industries D40LF Cummins ISL Allison B400R
MT-1157.jpg 1154 to 1159 2009 New Flyer Industries D40LF Cummins ISL Allison B400R
MT-1160.jpg 1160 to 1161 2012 Nova Bus LFS Cummins ISL9 ZF 6AP1400B
MT-1164.jpg 1162 to 1183 2013 New Flyer Industries XD40 "Xcelsior" Cummins ISL9 Allison B400R

Retired Bus Fleet

Thumbnail Fleet number range Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Remarks
MT-208.jpg 201 to 212 1984 SAAB-Scania CN112A
308 1985 Orion Bus Industries Orion 01.501 Detroit Diesel 6V53N Allison MT643
501 to 504 1981 Orion Bus Industries Orion 01.501 Detroit Diesel 6V52N Allison MT643
MT-511.jpg 510 to 515 1981/1982 General Motors Diesel Division T6H-5307N "New Look" Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison V730
MT-704.jpg 700 to 710 1993 Motor Coach Industries TC60-102N "[Classic]]" Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison VR731
MT-714.jpg 711 to 714 1993 Nova Bus TC60-102N "Classic" Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allsion VR731
  • NovaBus discontinued this model after fulfillment of this order.
MT-867.jpg 857 to 869 1982 General Motors Diesel Division T6H-5307N New Look Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison V730
MT-871.jpg 870 to 881 1983 General Motors Diesel Division TC40-102N "Classic" Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison V730
MT-883.jpg 882 to 895 1985 General Motors Diesel Division TC40-102N "Classic" Detroit Diesel 6V92 Allison V731
MT-905.jpg 896 to 910 1986 General Motors Diesel Division TC40-102N "Classic" Detroit Diesel 6V92 Allsion V730
MT-918.jpg 911 to 920 1987 General Motors Diesel Division TC40-102N "Classic" Detroit Diesel 6V92 Allison V731
MT-928.jpg 921 to 928 1987 Motor Coach Industries TC40-102N "Classic" Detroit Diesel 6V92 Allsion V730
MT-937.jpg 929 to 940 1988 Motor Coach Industries TC40-102N "Classic" Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allsion V730
MT-942.jpg 941 to 947 1989 Motor Coach Industries TC40-102N "Classic" Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allsion V731

Ferry Fleet Roster

Active Fleet

Thumbnail Name Year Manufacturer Engine Propellers Remarks
Halifax III 1978 Ferguson Industries
Pictou, Nova Scotia
Caterpillar Model 3306 (X2) Voith-Schneider 12E/75 (X2)
Dartmouth III 1978 Ferguson Industries
Pictou, NovaScotia
Caterpillar Model 3306 (X2) Voith-Schneider 12E/75 (X2)
Woodside I.jpg Woodside I 1986 Ferguson Industries
Pictou, Nova Scotia
Caterpillar Model 3306 (X2) Voith-Schneider 12E/75 (X2)
Christopher Stannix 2014 A.F. Theriault & Son Ltd.
Meteghan River, Nova Scotia
Caterpillar C12 (X2) Voith-Schneider 12R4/EC 75-1 (X2)

Retired Fleet

Thumbnail Name Year Manufacturer Engine Propellers Remarks
Dartmouth II 1956
Halifax II 1956

Garages

Name Location Type of Vehicules Notes
Burnside Transit Centre 200 Ilsley Avenue
Burnside Instrial Park, Dartmouth
  • Classics
  • D40LFs
  • LFS Artics
  • MetroLink D40LFs
  • XD40
  • Access-A-Buses
  • Location of the dispatch Centre and Administrative offices.
Ragged Lake Transit Centre Prospect Road
Ragged Lake Business Park, Halifax
  • Classics
  • D40LFs
  • LFS Artics
  • LFS
  • DE60LFRs
  • XD40
  • MetroX Buses
  • Opened in August 2010
Thornhill Centre Thornhill Drive
Burnside Instrial Park, Dartmouth
Closed in August 2010.