CONNECTING PLACES: A PRAGMATIC APPROACH TO RAPID TRANSIT FOR THE HALIFAX REGION
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Connecting Places: A Pragmatic Approach to Rapid Transit for the Halifax Region explores the potential for the development of a simple, cost-effective rapid transit system for the Halifax Region, specifically for parts of the urban area that are not currently served by the MetroLink bus rapid transit system. The thesis examines previous proposals for rail-based transit along the Mainland North-Bedford Corridor as well as rapid transit systems that exist in other Canadian cities. Halifax Regional Municipality’s long-term development goals were also examined in depth. Based on this research, a rapid transit system proposal has been generated, drawing inspiration from local proposals dating back to the 1970s as well as existing rapid transit systems elsewhere in Canada. This system is designed to help HRM achieve its development goals, particularly those related to land use, settlement patterns, and transportation, while also encouraging a more efficient, cost-effective public transit system. The proposal is not meant to be a “turn-key” system that could be implemented immediately, rather, it is intended to stimulate discussion and to provide the groundwork for further research and development.