By Halifax Transit

We’re excited to roll out new solutions that will make your commute a lot easier. Thanks to the installation of vehicle location technology on our entire fleet, we can now track where buses are in real-time.  

We’ve added several other technology features, like a new Departures Line, Departures Boards and Bay signs, Automated Stop Announcements and a real-time open data feed, which leverage the vehicle location technology to enhance the rider’s experience.

This advanced technology allows us to monitor our fleet and quickly recognize when we have an issue and work to find a resolution in an effective and timely manner. In the long term, we can analyze information collected from the technology to make improvements to your experience.

Our recent release of real-time data is the latest feature of the new Automated Vehicle Location (AVL) system to be publicly rolled out, and will contribute to Halifax Transit’s goal of improving the customer experience by investing in service quality and reliability.

To learn more about how we’re using technology to improve your experience both right now and in the future, check out our video!


By Halifax Transit

Get real-time information about Halifax Transit buses right in the palm of your hand.

It couldn’t be easier. Bus users can now access real-time information on estimated departure times. This conveniently allows you to plan accordingly, greatly enhancing your transit experience.

The new data release allows organizations such as Google, Microsoft and the digital development community, to incorporate live departure information that will significantly improve public transit information applications.

See what else we’re learning:

Have questions? Find out more at halifax.ca/transit, or by calling 311.


By Halifax Transit

You may have noticed some new technology on our buses lately! We’ve been installing upgrades both on and off our buses to make your commute easier and to serve you better. Now with the touch of a button, bus operators can stay in touch with us, and we can get in touch with them. And thanks to GPS devices that have been installed on every bus, we can keep track of where our fleet is, where there are issues—or potential issues—and we can respond a whole lot quicker.

Learn more by watching this short video!


By Halifax Transit

We’re thrilled to release a beta version of our real-time bus location data to the app development community. The real-time technology on board our fleet means that we’re able to track each and every bus in the network. The departure data we collect will help us with route planning and scheduling, improving the rider experience for everyone.

The real-time open data service is currently in beta release only as we tune the technology to make sure the location data is as accurate as possible. During this test phase, we may need to take the service down temporarily if any issues arise.

We will announce that the data is fully operational once the beta phase is complete, so you can have reliable departures information in the palm of your hand.

Stay tuned to halifax.ca/transit for more updates.

By Halifax Transit

With a goal of making Halifax Transit more accessible for everyone, in December 2016, we launched a pilot phase of automatic stop announcements on several bus routes. These stop announcements help our hearing and visually impaired transit users through audio and visual cues, meaning that riders no longer need to rely on the bus operator or other passengers for information during their trip.

Starting January 30th, we’re excited to announce that all bus routes will be equipped with stop-by-stop voice announcements and digital signs, ensuring that every rider knows where their next stop is.

By Halifax Transit

Guided by the outcomes of a public engagement process in 2013 and ridership data gathered over time, in 2015 Halifax Transit tackled the largest ever overhaul of the city’s transit system: The Moving Forward Together Plan.

As part of the Moving Forward Together Plan, we’re implementing some changes to Route 56 Dartmouth Crossing. The changes will come into effect on February 20, 2017 and key changes include improved service between the Bridge Terminal and Dartmouth Crossing and later service in Dartmouth Crossing.

As of February 20, 2017 Route 56 Dartmouth Crossing will:

  • Provide direct service between the Bridge Terminal and Dartmouth Crossing via Micmac Terminal
  • Run from 6 a.m. to midnight, Monday to Saturday, and from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday in Dartmouth Crossing
  • Provide two-way service along Countryview Dr. in Dartmouth Crossing
  • Run on an adjusted 30-minute schedule to better complement Route 72 Portland Hills in Dartmouth Crossing

Please note: Route 56 Dartmouth Crossing will discontinue direct service between the Portland Hills Terminal, Penhorn Terminal and surrounding area to and from Dartmouth Crossing. 

If you have any further questions please call 311, or visit http://www.halifax.ca/transit/adjustments.  

By Halifax Transit


Halifax Transit buses are now more accessible and user-friendly thanks to some recent technology upgrades. We’re rolling out stop-by-stop voice announcements and digital signage on select routes starting in mid-December, with more routes being added in the new year. Now you’ll always know where you are, and where the next stop is. These upgrades are part of a series of upgrades all aimed at helping to make transit better for everyone.

By Halifax Transit

We’ve all been there—your arms are full, you’re distracted and you get off the bus only to realize as it pulls away that you left your umbrella on board, just as it starts to pour. But what happens to the things that get left behind on the bus? What about when somebody loses something like a wallet or a cell phone?

We asked Earl Romkey, Supervisor, Bus Operations and Crystal Rudolf, Bus Operator everything you ever wanted to know about Halifax Transit’s lost & found.


By Halifax Transit

Halifax Transit has more than 600 operators driving hundreds of buses on dozens of routes every day. But have you ever been curious about what’s the hardest part about driving a bus? Or how about what the best part of driving a bus is? 

We know you’ve got questions, and luckily we’ve got answers thanks to Halifax Transit operator Crystal Rudolf. 


By Halifax Transit

If you follow Halifolks on Facebook, you may recognize Minh Tan. This speedy runner has a favourite workout—racing the Number 1 bus from Scotia Square to the Mumford Terminal. Halifolks first caught up with Minh in January, and recently they hopped aboard one of our buses to catch him in action.

A huge thanks to our very own operator, Brad Verge, who was a very worthy opponent. 

And the winner? You’ll have to watch to find out!