Government Supports Sustainable Transportation in Halifax

Halifax residents and students will be better connected to their community with support from the province’s sustainable transportation grant program, Connect2.

Labour and Advanced Education Minister Labi Kousoulis, on behalf of Energy Minister Geoff MacLellan, announced funding for four Connect2 projects today, Sept. 11.

“As we move to a cleaner energy future, we all have an important part to play,” said Mr. Kousoulis. “Projects like the ones announced today improve our neighborhoods and give people more options to reduce vehicle emissions, like car-sharing, walking or cycling.”

Recognizing that one solution does not work for all, these projects are aimed at giving Halifax residents a variety of options to reduce their personal emissions.

Dalhousie University will receive $40,000 for the green corridor multi-use path from Spring Garden Road to Morris Street and $30,000 for DalTRAC to increase awareness of transportation options and services.

“DalTRAC transportation group will be generating new ideas for transportation technology and mobility options,” said Ian Nason, vice-president, Finance and Administration, Dalhousie University. “In addition, we will be creating a Dal-Sexton green corridor for multiple transportation users that connects to broader planned city cycling routes. Transportation sensors will be used on our corridor to gauge mobility patterns.”

The other two grants go to the Ecology Action Centre which will receive $16,750 for their Building Active Transportation Friendly Communities project, and to Car Share Atlantic which will receive $10,000 for their awareness campaign.

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 support about 22 projects across the province. More projects will be announced in the coming weeks, and all will be completed by the end of March 2018.