The Mumford Terminal replacement process is underway

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Buried in this years Halifax Transit budget and business plan, was a project to replace the outdated and inadequate Mumford Terminal at the Halifax Shopping Centre. One of our favourite descriptions of Mumford has to be this one, from November 24, 2016 written in the Coast.

Last week, a tender was issued by Halifax Transit to seek replacement opportunities for the terminal. The tender is available on the Nova Scotia procurement website and lists a number of criteria for the project.

According to Halifax Transit, over 9000 people use the terminal every day. The facility is a major hub for all transit routes in the area and most, but not all transit routes that enter and exit the peninsula divert into the terminal. The facility itself has poor pedestrian access, no amenities, and a rather confusing layout.

Given the number of logistical challenges with the current terminal, replacing Mumford makes sense.

But, there’s one question that isn’t being asked, and that’s: Do we need to replace the terminal with another single mega-terminal?

This question of whether a single terminal, or whether multiple terminals, on-street transfer points, or smaller hubs, would serve the area and the overall transit network’s needs, is one that can and should be included in the Tender.

One of the concepts that It’s More Than Buses has constantly advocated for is a crosstown connective network. The Mumford Terminal replacement project is an opportunity to explore the overall connectivity of the area, and how to improve transit access not just to the Halifax Shopping Centre, but to the area as a whole.

Halifax Transit releases real-time GTFS data

Early Wednesday morning, users of Google Transit, Transit 360, and other applications noticed something awesome: live information on their bus location. It seems the long awaited release of Halifax Transit’s real-time data feed has finally occurred, much to the delight of both riders and app developers.

In a press release, Halifax Transit noted it:

 is initially launching the data feed to developers as a beta release. During this time, the technology team will be closely monitoring the service to identify and address potential technical issues. Users of the real-time data may experience occasional downtime or possible inaccuracies in data quality until the technology team has resolved any issues that are found. Subsequent communications will be issued once the beta version of the real-time data has been tested in the marketplace, and is deemed to be fully operational.

GTFS, or General-Transit-Feed-Specification, is a universal format for public transit scheduling data. Previously, the GTFS data provided by Halifax Transit was static, meaning that it was not updated on a real-time basis. With the release of the real-time version of the data, riders can access live information about departures, and any potential delays and service disruptions.

 

Developers can display this data in various ways. Check out Dan Peterson’s use of One Bus Away as a concept for an airport-style departure board:

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The data is published as part of Halifax’s Open Data catalogue and is available here.