Government Supports Sustainable Transportation in Halifax Regional Municipality

Halifax residents will have more walking, cycling and other emission-reducing transportation options with support from the province’s sustainable transportation grant program, Connect2.

Clayton Park West MLA Rafah DiCostanzo, on behalf of Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette, announced today, Aug. 30, $440,507 for 12 projects in Halifax Regional Municipality.

“Nova Scotia is a leader in fighting climate change by reducing emissions and these projects will only build on our successes,” said Ms. DiCostanzo. “Having more practical choices and the right infrastructure is the key to helping people decide to leave their cars at home when commuting to work, going to school or visiting local shops and services.”

Connect2 support will help:
— redevelop part of University Avenue to create an open space and a hub for active transportation users connecting to existing cycling infrastructure (Dalhousie University, $40,000)
— create a campaign to inform people about safe commuting practices (Dalhousie University, $6,880)
— create technology-based mobility options based on a traffic simulation study (DalTRAC, $30,000)
— develop an online toolkit to help municipalities and practitioners develop and implement active transportation plans (Ecology Action Centre, $18,500)
— conduct a monitoring and evaluation project to collect active transportation data (Halifax Cycling Coalition, $18,755)
— design a trail through the Wrights Cove Terminal (Halifax Regional Municipality, $15,000)
— design a transit priority lane along Gottingen Street with pedestrian enhancements (Halifax Regional Municipality, $100,000)
— study active transportation and transit options for a Bedford Highway corridor (Halifax Regional Municipality, $90,000)
— promote transit service changes in Fairview, Timberlea and Clayton Park under the Moving Forward Together plan (Halifax Regional Municipality, $25,000)
— design improved sustainable transportation options on Dutch Village Road (Halifax Regional Municipality, $37,500)
— develop and implement an integrated wayfinding system (Halifax Regional Municipality, $30,000)
— create videos that promote sustainable transportation options (PLANifax, $28,872)

“Dalhousie University is always eager to make meaningful connections between our university campus and the community, creating opportunities for our students to be positive members of the city and province we call home,” said Ivan Joseph, vice-provost, Student Affairs. “Thanks to these grants we will continue to welcome people to campus on the city’s active transportation network and create guiding principles for new modes of travel, including autonomous vehicles.”

Connect2 aims to create and promote active transportation options for trips of two kilometres or less between community hubs in rural and urban parts of the province.

This year, Connect2 will invest more than $600,000 to support 21 projects across the province. All projects will be completed by the end of March 2019.

For more information about Connect2, visit .