14 May 2009

Public Transit Overwhelming Priority Relative To Fast Ferry in HRM

HALIFAX:  Given the choice among a fast ferry to and from Bedford, more buses for Metro Transit, or a light rail service from Fall River to Halifax, the majority of HRM residents (55%) believe more buses for Metro Transit should be the most important priority for HRM to invest money to improve public transportation, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates, Inc. Just over two in ten believe a light rail service from Fall River to Halifax should be a priority, while slightly more than one in ten believe a fast ferry to and from Bedford should be the priority.

Residents from Bedford/Sackville are almost twice as likely as residents of other areas of HRM to believe a light rail service from Fall River to Halifax should be priority.

“What is most needed is a public transportation master plan for the Municipality, managed by an arms-length transportation authority responsible for all modes of transportation” according to Don Mills, President and CEO of CRA. “Only then will we have a long-term integrated strategy with the appropriate priorities and funding requirements.”

These results are part of the CRA Halifax Urban Report, an independent survey of Halifax Regional Municipality residents. The results are based on a sample of 400 adult residents, conducted from April 30 to May 12, 2009, with results accurate to within +4.9 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

For more information, please contact: Don Mills, President and CEO at (902) 722-3100.

Given a choice, which one of the following do you think should be the most important priority for HRM to invest money to improve public transportation?
OverallHalifaxDartmouthBedford/

Sackville

Other

HRM

Fast ferry to and from Bedford121471511
More buses for Metro Transit5554654557
A light rail service from Fall River to Halifax2220173617

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