Notes from Lisa Blackburn re: North Beaver Bank bus service

  • In 2016, about a month following my election as Councillor for District 14, the Moving Forward Together Plan (MFTP) was passed by Regional Council; at which time the routes had already been determined and the public consultation complete.
  • I made it very clear that I was not happy with the cancellation of the North Beaver Bank route and questioned the passenger numbers used to justify the cancellation. I felt the numbers were too old and did not accurately reflect those currently using transit. I asked for a new count to be done in early 2017; however, the numbers were still below the threshold needed to maintain the service.
  • In August 2018, I asked staff for a report on the possibility of keeping bus service during morning and afternoon peak hours. That suggestion was voted down by the Transportation Standing Committee and Regional Council in January 2019.
  • The current changes were not supposed to happen for another year; however, upgrades to Halifax Transit software meant the changes could be fast-tracked.
  • Since January, I have met with concerned community members to discuss alternatives as well as three of the community transit service providers in the province: MusGo Rider, East Hants Rider and West Hants Transit. They all require permission from the provincial Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board (NSUARB) to expand their service area and none were interested in expansion at this time.
  • I also studied a pilot project conducted in Cape Breton that used local taxi services to provide transit options in rural communities. While great in theory, it requires grants from the municipality to be provided to taxi drivers. Under the Halifax Charter, we are not permitted to do that and, amendments to the Halifax Charter can only be made by the provincial government.
  • The Ivy Meadows facility does have a bus for residents but was not interested in expanding the service.
  • Recently, the province announced a Rural Ride Share Field Test that uses ride-sharing to help with public transportation in rural areas. I have written to The Honourable Minister Derek Mombourquette (see letter below) asking that North Beaver Bank be considered for the pilot project
  • Unfortunately, none of this means anything to a resident who has taken the bus for 30 years and now has no service. For this, I am very sorry. If I had the ability to demand the route be maintained, it would have been done long ago. Sadly, my powers are limited. Be assured that I am not done fighting for North Beaver Bank service. It may mean going back to our roots and the days of the Beaver Bank Bullet – it will take a community effort and I will work with any group in support of such an initiative.
  • I have also suggested residents look into HfxRidematch.ca, a carpooling register that could help residents looking for rides.
  • For the majority of Beaver Bank, the recent changes introduced by Halifax Transit bring a level of Transit Service unheard of in our history. It is my hope that Express Bus Service and a more consistent/expanded schedule will entice residents to take the bus.

Lisa

Northwest Community Council meeting rescheduled For Jan 13 7PM at BBKCC

Presentation for the Northwest Planning Advisory Committee Wednesday January 8th @ 7pm is CANCELLED but will be rescheduled for next month –  details to follow!

Northwest Community Council meeting rescheduled For Jan 13 7PM at BBKCC

The name/organization/persons who will be presenting (up to two people may present);

Beaver Bank Community Watch(Lyle Mailman)

· A brief outline of the topic and substance of the presentation (only one topic per presentation is permitted);

The Beaver Bank Road has high numbers of construction vehicles from quarry operations in East Uniacke, The Windgate Intersection continues to need improvements, and a speed limit/safety review need to be completed. The development moratorium is taking money from long term residents that are looking to downsize and stay in their community.

· The outcome sought by the presentation (i.e. whether there is an “ask” of the TSC, or if it is only for informational purposes, etc).

That Beaver Bank Road gets the intersection upgrades and collector roads(Margeson Drive/Aerotech Connector), required to allow further safe development.

Thank you

Lyle Mailman

(902)229-3138

Letter to the editor Beaver Bank Transit – Google Docs

Beaver Bank Monte Carlo Night – THANK YOU!

Thank you to all of our sponsors who made this night possible by donating prizes and also the volunteers who donated their time to this event!

Members of the Beaver Bank Community Centre
The Beaver Bank Senior’s Club
Sue and Keith McLearn
Bubba Ray’s Sports Bar -Bedford
The Body Shop -Bedford
Boston Pizza -Sackville
Beaver Bank Pizza
Tucker Lake Pizza
BMO – Scott MacDonald
Performance Plu$ Financial
Wilde Timmins & Michaud
Bill Horne, MLA
Lisa Blackburn, HRM Councillor
Massage ML Therapeutics
Pita Pit
Weston Hotel Halifax
Totes/ Monat
Barrett’s Lumber
LA Nails
Foosing Restaurant
Dooley’s
Brian’s Barber Shop
After Warranty
Nova Scotia Wine Tours
Jazz Airlines
SOGO Massage Therapy
Studio 100
Payzant’s
Nothin’ Fancy
Forget Me Not Massage
Atlantic Superstore
Ski Martock
NSLC
Lindsay Construction
Ron Chaulk
Bruce Sutherland Assoc. Ltd.
Young Living Essential Oils -Sue McLearn
Nova Dental
Noble Grape
Lost Creek
Nygard -Jane Doucette
AVIS Car Rentals
Cobbco
Cluett Insurance
Pembridge Insurance
Betty and Mike Blackburn
Arnette Shears
Patricia Gaetz
Charlene Eary
Pat Helpard
Andrea Mason
Jack Sheehy
Tony Benson
Hailey Peters
Patricia Gaetz
Jack Sheehy
Tony Benson
Casino Nova Scotia