HHB recognizes the important role the Macdonald Bridge plays in active transportation across Halifax harbour.
Updated January 25/2017
Pleased be advised: to ensure the safety of its users, and to comply with Nova Scotia licensing laws, the Big Lift shuttle will not stop to allow passengers to board once it is in motion.
This policy is in compliance with the Nova Scotia Motor Vehicle Act, Schedule PT, section 146(3) which prohibits a “Bus or taxicab driver (specify) stopping or parking at other than designated stop”.
Please see the shuttle schedule posted below.
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HHB Shuttle Schedule
The HHB shuttle runs 24/7. The schedule is “load and go” during peak hours (5:30 am – 9:30 am and 3pm – 6:30 pm) and every half hour during non-peak times (on the top and bottom of the hour- i.e. 12 a.m. and 12:30 a.m.). We do suggest that shuttle users allow extra time to get to their destination. When the Macdonald Bridge is closed the shuttle will take the MacKay Bridge.
The pick-up and drop off location in Dartmouth is 30 Faulkner Street, next to the bridge. The location in Halifax is at the intersection of North and Gottingen (see photos below).
Sites are designed for buses to load and disembark safely and not interfere with traffic
Each site is equipped with shelters, bike racks, improved lighting and cameras.
The HHB shuttle service is only one option for crossing the Halifax Harbour. Halifax Transit has expanded ferry service hours and improved bike facilities at the Alderney Ferry Terminal. You can find a schedule on the Halifax Transit website.
Why an HHB shuttle service?
As part of the Big Lift project, the pedestrian/bike lanes will be removed for 18 months to complete necessary work.
HHB will provide an enhanced 24-hour a day shuttle service that will accommodate active transportation. This service will be free of charge to the users.
HHB has purchased three 17 passenger buses that can accommodate wheelchairs and scooters. Each bus will pull a trailer that can accommodate 12 bikes. Buses will also have a bike rack attached to the front of the bus. People will load and unload their bikes.
The continuous shuttle service was implemented when the bike lane and sidewalk were closed (and will be removed from the bridge) Sunday June 28th, 2015. It is a temporary closure and will reopen mid to late March 2017.
Halifax shuttle stop location: North/Gottigen (Click to enlarge)