The Community Transportation Working Group
The Community Transportation Working Group
Cape Breton Regional Municipality
The Community Transportation Working Group grew out of a public forum organized by Community Transit - Nova Scotia in October 2014. The group was formed to follow up on the discussions during the forum and develop a process for advancing the cause of community transportation in CBRM. It consists of individuals who appreciate the social, economic and environmental significance of community transportation, and includes representation from CBRM, Public Health, ACAP Cape Breton, New Dawn Enterprises and two Community Health Boards.
The overall purpose of the Woking Group is to ensure the preservation and enhancement of our community transportation system. Our immediate goals are to:
1. Build public understanding and support regarding the challenges and opportunities related to community transportation in CBRM.
2. Generate specific ideas for improving CBRM’s community transportation system.
3. Foster collaborative action among a wide range of transportation stakeholders (e.g., CBRM, business, public school system, post-secondary institutions, health system, community organizations and the general public).
4. Influence provincial government funding programs to better reflect the CBRM context.
To this end, we have designed a plan of action that consists of three main components:
1.Study Circles – A study circle process will be used to engage local residents in exploring the issues and opportunities related to community transportation in CBRM. A study circle is a group of 8 to 12 people who meet regularly over a period of weeks to explore an important public issue. Participants examine the issue from many points of view, identify areas of common ground and generate specific ideas for how the issue may be addressed. Beginning in late October, we will conduct six community transportation study circles in different locations throughout CBRM. An on-line discussion forum will also be created to allow additional residents to share their ideas about ways to improve our community’s transportation system.
2. Health Impact Assessment – A modified form of Health Impact Assessment will be used to identify the ways in which transportation affects the health of local residents. A health lens will be incorporated into the study circle discussions and a literature review will be conducted to help substantiate the important role that transportation plays in people’s lives.
3. Stakeholder Forum – A stakeholder forum will be held in January, 2016 to focus the attention of key decision-makers (e.g., CBRM, CBU, CBVRSB, health authority, business) on specific directions for action. A summary report from the study circles process and health impact research will be used to stimulate the thinking of forum participants and create momentum for the stakeholder forum.
On October 6, the Working Group, led by Chair, Eric Leviten Reid, made a presentation to the General Committee of the CBRM Municipal Council seeking support to move forward with the initiative. Support was granted. A reporter from the Chronicle-Herald was in attendance and wrote the following article:
The next step includes making a report to CBRM Council during its budget deliberations recommending ways to enhance our community transportation system. These sessions will take place throughout the month of November.
Canadian Urban Transportation Association (Atlantic Chapter)
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
The fall meeting of CUTA took place at Halifax Transit's Ragged Lake Transit Centre. It included members fromHalifax Transit, Cape Breton Regional Transit Authority, Kings Transit Authority, St. John Transit, NB , Fredericton Transit, NB, Miramichi Transit, NB, St. John's Transportation Commission, NL and Community Transit – Nova Scotia.
CT-NS Update – Chair, Reg Johnston provided an overview of our organization to the new members. He highlighted our “Community Engagement” initiative from the previous year, our ongoing relationship with the Dept. of Energy and the newly formed interdepartmental committee. Our efforts were applauded by CUTA Chair, Judy Powell, from St. John's NL.
Reaction to Federal Election – The federal election result was very well received because of the Liberal pre-election commitment to infrastructure spending, particularly in the area of public transportation. It was indicated that CUTA lobbyists would begin making themselves know to the MLA's (especially cabinet ministers) early in the new year. However, it was felt that with budget deliberations already underway at that time, it would be best to start right away after the new cabinet is sworn in.
Federal Funding – Each provider was asked to share funding initiatives in which they were engaged
Vicinity Buses – A number of providers have purchased the 24/27 seat buses from China. Aside from some initial problems that were worked out, the satisfaction level was high.
Transit System Updates – Many providers at the table are encountering financial problems resulting in staff reductions.
Presentation – Barry Stubbs, a Transportation Security Inspector with Transport Canada presented a very interesting PowerPoint overview of Security and Emergency Preparedness with which they are engaged.
Site Visitation – The day concluded with a tour of Halifax Transit's new Lacewood Drive Terminal. This state-of-the-art facility was indeed impressive. Not only is it environmentally friendly (surrounded by a well maintained green area), but it includes a Park-and-Ride for automobiles and bicycles. Very high end and user friendly.
CUTA's Fall Conference
Here are the top 5 reasons to attend CUTA's Fall Conference:
Gain insights and strengthen knowledge. Attend sessions and learn from thought-leaders and subject matter experts about the Canadian transit industry within the context of the CUTA Fall Conference theme - Integrated Mobility: The Way of the Customer.
Network with your peers. Join colleagues in the Canadian transit industry and beyond. Connect instantly using the event app, attend the popular networking functions and leave with valuable industry connections.
New this fall, RAIL/connect RAIL/connect is a specialized 2-day rail event taking place as part of the Conference and Trade Show in Montréal. The event links delegates to a rail-focused sessions, keynote speakers and a unique rail pavilion showcasing rail projects and project teams from across Canada at Trans-Expo - Canada's largest transit trade show.
Attend Canada's largest transit and bus exhibition. At Trans-Expo you will enjoy over 60,000 square feet of products, vehicles and services from manufacturers and suppliers from Canada and around the world.
Discover beautiful Montréal. The seductive city full of fun, culture and delicious food! Known for its European charm, unique style and exciting nightlife, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
The 2015 Fall Program is available! Take advantaage of early bird registration while you have the chance, *the deadline has just been extended to October 16th!*
We look forward to seeing you in Montréal from November 21 - 25 and if you are bringing a partner or family member, we encourage them to take advantage of the Companion Tours that have been organized, there is so much to see and do!
CarShareHFX adds 10 new cars, more Halifax parking spaces
Pam Cooley, president of CarShareHFX, is seen during its expansion and partner appreciation event Tuesday. (TIM KROCHAK / Staff)
CarShareHFX announced Tuesday that it has expanded with 10 additional Prius c vehicles and eight new parking spots across the city.
The service provides members with self-serve access to a fleet of 35 vehicles, with a goal of giving more people access to cars but at the same time limiting congestion and increasing sustainability.
“Every city in this country and every city in this world is actually looking at the question, ‘How do we move people with fewer cars?’” said Pam Cooley, president of CarShareHFX.
Cooley said she’s aiming at 100 cars within six years.
“It takes a city to raise a car share company and that’s exactly what these partners are doing.”
Members pay an annual fee and then pay an hourly rate when they use the car. Users can reserve a car either online or through a hotline.
“There a more chances to find a car closer to where you are,” said Paul Shaw, who’s been a member for four years. “I think you’ll find that more people will use it too.”
In addition, CarShareHFX users get free parking at all waterfront parking lots, Port of Halifax lots, and at Scotia Square, Park Lane and Brunswick Place.
Killam Properties has two locations for CarShareHFX cars, one in Quinpool Towers and a new location at Spring Garden Place.
“It’s a simple concept, really,” said Jeremy Jackson, Killam’s vice-president of marketing. “In many places and locations vehicles aren’t necessary, (but) there might be a need for a once-a-week shopping trip.”
For Jackson, giving a parking space to CarShareHFX is about freeing up the parking lots and offering a service to tenants.
Casino Taxi is hosting a new parking location at the Novalea Centre. Casino is also now CarShareHFX’s preferred taxi service.
“I really think that Pam and Casino Taxi share a lot of visions,” said Angie Herman, director of finance and administration for Casino Taxi.
Herman said they both share the vision of having fewer cars on the roads, increased efficiency and both are environmentally focused.
Herman said despite the appearance CarShareHFX and Casino Taxi are in competition, it isn’t the case — they are used for different services.
“If a family wanted to go to the beach and take a full day, they would need a car share,” she said, “If a family wants to take in a Mooseheads game downtown, they would probably be taking a Casino Taxi.”
The following are the eight new parking locations, with two more in the works:
Spring Garden Place, 5640 Spring Garden Rd.
Winchester Plaza Apartments, 5264 Morris St.
Metro Care and Share, 2710 Agricola St.
The MacDonald Apartments, 5885 Cunard St.
Scotia Towers, 1991 Brunswick St.
Park Lane, 5657 Spring Garden Rd.
Brunswick Place, 2021 Brunswick St.
Novalea Centre, 3558 Novalea Dr.
The CarShareHFX website has a map with all of its locations
New vehicle for Antigonish Society
By Jack MacPherson
Town of Antigonish
The Antigonish Community Transit Society (ACTS) recognized that the usage along the county routes was not nearly at the level expected when the service first began. Therefore, they decided to try another avenue to raise awareness and make the service in the county more convenient and readily available to everyone. With the help of the Provincial Transportation Assistance Program from the Department of Municipal Affairs, ACTS was able to purchase a brand new 2015 Dodge Caravan to better serve the county.
ACTS intends to use the van to increase the service in the fringe area to 5 days a week. This means covering Glen Aire Estates, Silver Birch Estates, Green Hill Estates, the community around Trotter’s Lane and along South River and Greenwold Roads each day numerous times in the morning and early evening on a route basis so that people may use the service to get to work each weekday.
The van will then be used outside of those times on a daily basis to different parts of the county, exactly as it is being used now. Monday to Arisaig, Tuesday to Cape George, Wednesday to Auld’s Cove and communities along Hwy 4 and Friday to Pomquet and St. Andrew’s. It will work on a prebooking basis, where people will have to call in 24 hours in advance and book a ride in order for the van to head out in that direction.
The van can also be used for various other things such as trips, charters, small tours etc. People can book it to go out of the county to events such as Celtic Colours, bingo, airport trips and excursions to Halifax. ACTS can now do this because the Van will be under a different form of license and therefore is not under the same restrictions as before.
ACTS hopes that this freedom will stimulate the interest of community members to realize that the system is theirs to take advantage of and can be a convenient,cost effective, safe and reliable way to get around
Annual Conference 2015
Registration Now Open!
Connecting the Provincial Layer
for the Transportation of People in Nova Scotia
Wednesday June 3, 2015, 10AM - 4PM, Holiday Inn Truro, NS
(800) 567-1467 www.girardinbluebird.com
Our Community Engagement research, completed in March 2015, demonstrated the success of existing community-led transportation solutions and the great potential for sustainable transportation systems across Nova Scotia, if there is a clear provincial vision in place and seamless interaction between the numerous government departments with transportation as a policy or concern.
Our program will include:
Annual general meeting
Message from our Presenting Sponsor
Introduction of our Position Paper
Provincial Government Panel Presentations and Questions
Open Space discussions leading to action items and next steps
Lunch and nutrition breaks will be served on-site and are included in your registration fee.
Registration Deadline: May 29, 2015
An invitation and registration form is attached below. Please join us in our efforts to support transportation solutions for all Nova Scotians
Who are We?
We are Community Transit - Nova Scotia, a provincial non-profit organization supporting transportation solutions by your community, for your community. Our MAIN areas of support are: Mentoring, Advocacy, Information Support, Networking with the vision that all Nova Scotians have access to safe, affordable transportation.
Our membership unites individuals and organizations throughout Nova Scotia, including:
Transportation service providers
Service and advocacy organizations
Municipal and provincial representatives and staff
Individuals with disabilities
Individuals coping with low or no-income
The general public
We welcome the input and support of every individual, family, and organization in Nova Scotia, because transportation is everyone’s right and everyone’s concern.
Contact us at any time with your questions, issues, or comments:
Community Transit - Nova Scotia gratefully acknowledges funding from the Nova Scotia Transportation Research Incentive Program (NS-TRIP) 2010-11, administered by Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, which supported the development of this site.
Updates to ACTS Services
The Antigonish Community Transit Society is going to be adding to their suite of services in the near future! ACTS is all about access: the ability of people to access services, amenities, programs and community life in order to build a sustainable, happy community. Access isn’t just about getting people to places, it’s also about bringing necessities to people wherever they may be. That’s why ACTS is looking into prescription home delivery. The Society has already been in contact with the pharmacies in Antigonish to begin preliminary talks to discuss the logistics of this system and we are looking forward to working with them in the future. ACTS sees this service as a way to keep seniors safe and in their homes longer. It is also a great service for those with transportation barriers in the town and county to be able to access needed prescriptions.
ACTS is also exploring the expansion of their dial-a-ride service in the County. At the moment the Society is working on a business plan to determine need and ability to cover the entire county each day of the week. ACTS is looking forward to revamping its County coverage in the new year. ACTS thanks everyone for their continued support of the service and looks forward to becoming an integral part of the Antigonish Community over the next year!
The 2015 recipient of the Professional Achievement Award is Rick McCready.
Rick McCready is the Cape Breton Regional Municipality’s Senior Planner and Heritage Officer. Rick is responsible for creating opportunities. As a planner, Rick has been involved with spearheading countless projects around the CBRM that have included everything from instituting bylaws, policies and zoning confirmation to developing Active Transportation infrastructure and building capacity. The latter has become an important piece in the facilitation of behavioral shift and perception associated with initiatives linked with Active Transportation.
Rick is a sought after individual with the extensive skill set that he brings to the table. He is a community minded citizen and he puts the needs of his community first, which can be observed throughout the CBRM. His work can be viewed essentially everywhere across the CBRM. For example, the Glace Bay Rail Trail, the Ferry Street Bridge, Whitney Pier Heritage Trail, the Greenlink Trail, Grand Lake Road Multiuse Path, George Street, Dominion Street bike route, and much, much more.
Rick has also been instrumental in designing and distributing Active Transportation resource tools that have helped local citizens and newcomers navigate around the CBRM. The CBRM Cycling Routes (2nd Edition), and the new Walking Trails & Outdoor Spaces map.
.Recreation Nova Scotia is honoured to present this year’s much deserved Professional Achievement award to Rick McCready.
Rural bus route from Wolfville to West Hants closed
Protesters chanted and sung songs as they protested the loss of Kings Transit in Windsor and West Hants recently. Several of the protesters said they don’t know how they’ll get around without the service
Kings County Advertiser
KINGS COUNTY – Bus service from Wolfville to Brooklyn was halted Oct. 1.
The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board (UARB) approved the application to eliminate the service after a public hearing in New Minas Sept. 14
The UARB website got 20 letters of comment on file from citizens wishing to weigh in on the potential for public transit to be pulled from the route in question.
Several letters indicated that seniors, low-income earners and people with disabilities could be deeply affected by the reduction in Kings Transit’s service.
“Yes, the bus is expensive, but exploited and utilized to its full potential it would probably cost less. I would think having a bus service would be a positive drawing point when towns and areas trying to attract new residents and businesses. It was one of the determining factors in my decision to move into this area,” wrote Howard Pulsifer, who indicated that he is a senior.
“I am a resident of Hants Border, Kings County and I am concerned that when the K.T.A. stops servicing the Wolfville to Brooklyn route those of us living between Wolfville and the Kings/Hants (boundary) will also (lose) our bus service. I would have no other means of transportation except expensive taxis.”
TATA Transit Feasibility Study
A study has been completed into a proposed community transit service serving the areas of northern Colchester County and River John on Nova Scotia's Northumberland Shore. The report is attached below.
Seniors on Board Workshop Companion
The issue of seniors and driving is sensitive one, but it is a conversation that must be had. Our Seniors on Board project piloted a workshop series to help communities host and facilitate 'transportation conversations' . The result is a Workshop Companion, available here for download, to support future conversations. See attachments below to download your Workshop Companion and media release/fact sheet.