Halifax to purchase new harbour ferry

Halifax Regional Council has approved the purchase of a new ferry for Metro Transit. It will be Halifax’s fourth active ferry and the second to run between Halifax and Woodside.

By Paul Robinson

Halifax Regional Council has approved the purchase of a new ferry for Metro Transit.

It will be Halifax’s fourth active ferry and the second to run between Halifax and Woodside.

“Once we have the fourth ferry in place, which is scheduled to happen in May, 2014, we will be able to increase the Woodside/Halifax ferry service to all day service,” says HRM senior communications advisor Tiffany Chase.

Having a second Halifax/Woodside ferry will also double the peak hour service that is currently available. Currently service runs every half hour.

Metro Transit officials hope that having a second ferry will encourage Halifax residents to take advantage of public transportation and use private vehicles less often. This could reduce greenhouse emissions for the city.

While the ferry will be new, the design won’t be.

“Believe it or not, thirty years later it’s still the best design for the services that we provide and the weather conditions that we have in Halifax,” says Edward Robar, director of Metro Transit.

This purchase is part of a long term plan by Metro Transit to improve ferry service between Halifax and Dartmouth.