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 happens if a bus makes a wrong turn? What about how many buses are on the roads at any given time? Or whether operators drive the same bus every day?
We know you’ve got questions, and luckily we’ve got answers thanks to Halifax Transit operator Crystal Rudolf.
Recently, nearly 30 Halifax Transit drivers saddled up their trusty steeds—of the metal variety—to take part in an annual Bus Roadeo. The event challenges bus operators’ skills behind the wheel across a series of 11 obstacles. This timed test of precision acts as a qualifying event for the International Bus Roadeo, held by the American Public Transit Association.
The winner of the Halifax event travelled to Charlotte, North Carolina to compete on an international level. Halifax Transit’s entrant finished in 24th place out of 45 drivers and was the top ranked Canadian competitor.
After a nearly 30-year hiatus, the Bus Roadeo has been revived in Halifax by a dedicated team of Halifax Transit volunteers. Operators and organizers participate on a volunteer basis in their free time, and all proceeds raised through the event go toward supporting the United Way.
Ever wondered where the buses go when they’re not on the road? Or what about how we keep our buses shiny and clean? Or how about what Halifax Transit mission control looks like?
Join us for a little sneak peek behind the scenes tour of our two transit facilities—Burnside and Ragged Lake!
With over 350 vehicles in our fleet, regular maintenance is a daily thing. Keeping our buses on the road in tip-top shape is a 24/7 job!
It takes a lot of different pieces—both big and small—to maintain our fleet.
Every year our busses travel more than 16 million km in total—the equivalent of 22 round trips to the moon. That’s a lot of tires!
How do you wash a bus? In a bus-sized bus wash, of course! Our Ragged Lake facility collects rain water that is stored in massive underground reservoirs which we use to keep our fleet sparkling.
This is the nerve centre of Halifax Transit. The entire fleet is monitored at all times by two Network Supervisors in the Operations Centre. And now, thanks to the new technology being installed on each and every bus, they can see where each bus is on the road at all times and respond to potential issues more quickly and easily.
Starting on May 16, we will be replacing GoTime and launching the Departures Line. This is the new number that will provide departure information in real-time.
By this summer, all conventional buses will be equipped with real-time location technology, giving you more accurate bus departure information.
With real-time location technology, we’ll be able to more accurately track where each and every bus is, how long before it leaves each stop, and when we need to plan for increased service hours.
What does this mean for me?
We know it’s frustrating when your bus is late. However, thanks to our new on-board technology, you’ll be able to have a more accurate idea of how long it will be before the next bus leaves since we’ll be able to update our Departures information in real-time.
It also means that we’ll be able to respond a lot faster and more accurately when there’s an issue like heavy traffic, an accident, construction, or route changes. With real-time monitoring, we’ll be able to track each and every one of the hundreds of buses on the road at any given time. This means we can be more proactive, which means you can get to where you’re going a whole lot faster.
Moving forward, the data we’re collecting will help our planning department with route planning and scheduling, which means improved service for everyone.
Save the new number in your phone: 902-480-8000 and get ready to see how big data is going to lead to big changes with Halifax Transit.
There’s a lot more to Halifax Transit than you may think! We’ve pulled together some interesting facts to give you a better idea of how far we travel every day, how many routes we coordinate, how many buses are on the road during peak hours, and how many people travel with us on an average day.