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Transit plan: not perfect, but necessary

Forget the sound bites you've heard about the five-year transit plan currently under debated by Halifax council. The plan is a good one and moves Halifax in the right direction.


Forget about the fast ferry to Bedford. Forget about an airport bus. Make the Barrington Street and Spring Garden Road shopping districts car-free so more buses can use those streets, but cut the already paltry bus service to Dartmouth Crossing. Increase transit use by 18 percent in five years, by spending $93 million on new buses, fare boxes and terminals, and increase operating costs by $7 million a year. Pay for all this by increasing bus fares and property taxes and adding a quarter to bridge tolls.

Those are the headline take-aways from the five-year transit plan currently being debated by Halifax council. But, those snippets are immensely unfair: for the most part, the plan is a good one, and moves Halifax in the right direction, transit-wise.

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