Council receives update on transit study

Carla Allen
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Council receives update on transit study

Wally Beck, president of Transit Consulting Network, delivered an overview of a public transit feasibility study at the Municipality of Yarmouth’s last council meeting.

The municipality has received a $30,000 grant through the Nova Scotia Transit Research Incentive Program to develop the study, which will include a business plan to investigate public transit services in the municipality.

Beck described various transit options, ridership projections and costs during his presentation.

Data for the study is being compiled through various sources including focus groups and surveys.

Affordability would be an important factor in a transit survey, he says.

“Even if you have a decent level of service, you’re not going to convince everyone to sell their cars and jump on the bus you have.

“But what could happen, is if you have a two or three-car family out there, if you have some reasonable transportation to get people to and from work in town maybe they don’t need that second or third car,” he said.

As the study progresses, concepts will be short-listed and more information from focus groups will be weighed with community survey results

A five-year service and financial plan will be developed to discuss with the steering committee and released to the public next year.


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