- Transportation minister Bill Estabrooks (left) with Halifax mayor Peter Kelly (right). That's Metro Transit manager Pat Soanes squeezed in between.
- God of traffic Ken Reashor and councillor Jennifer Watts.
- Halifax deputy CAO Wayne Anstey (left) and Metro Transit planner Eddie Robar (right).
- Halifax councillors Brad Johns (left) and Bob Harvey (right).
- Official ghost buster to the mayor, Peter Duffy.
Well, it wasn't a council quorum-- several councillors were still wiping blood off themselves from the on-going secret HPD vs RCMP battle, but that's as many politicians and administers as we'll ever see on a bus, so we should pause and relish the moment, before noting that if they made this a regular occurrence--if they used the bus to actually commute and otherwise get around-- we might have better bus service. As is, transit is something for other people, and not very important other people at that (important people don't take the bus, don't you know) so transit doesn't get the fiscal or managerial attention it deserves.
Oh, here's the bus:
The buses cost $1.3 million each, with $300,000 of that pricetag coming from the province. Estabrooks quite rightly noted that there will be a learning curve for running the buses, but the hope is that they'll achieve a 30 percent reduction in fuel use, compared to a new traditional diesel bus.