Buses, not wider Bayers

Widening Bayers Road is not a solution to the traffic problem, but something needs to change there.

To the editor,

 I have to agree with Tim Bousquet’s opinion that widening Bayers Road is not a solution to the traffic problem, but something needs to change there (“Bayers Road widening,” Reality Bites, Jan. 29). I own a house in Timberlea, and have rented it out and moved back into the city because the commute is unbearable while my girlfriend is trying to get to Dalhousie every day.

 The partial solution to Bayers Road is to remove the divider and have a reversible transit lane. (I don’t even want to think about where all the Bayers Road traffic will get re-directed during a renovation project.) But this is a Band-Aid fix.

 The long-term solution is to reduce the number of vehicles needing to get into Halifax. Timberlea, Tantallon and Hammonds Plains need bus terminals and Park & Ride lots with Link buses that run more than once an hour and don’t take an hour and a half to get into the city. I’d love to use public transit if it was at all efficient outside HRM.

 Regarding comments about driving alone in SUVs from suburbs: I agree, but what’s the excuse for people doing the same thing who live inside Halifax who are within walking distance of buses that run every 15 minutes?
---Allan Bardsley, HRM

Support The Coast

At a time when the city needs local coverage more than ever, we’re asking for your help to support independent journalism. We are committed as always to providing free access to readers, particularly as we confront the impact of COVID-19 in Halifax and beyond.

Read more about the work we do here, or consider making a donation. Thank you for your support!

Comments (0)

Add a comment

Add a Comment

Get more Halifax

Our Thursday email gets you caught up with The Coast. Sign up and go deep on Halifax.

Recent Comments