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All three Candidates in the Waverley-Fall River-Beaverbank riding have confirmed their attendance at a Candidates Forum this Friday October 4th at 7pm organized by Fall River and Area Business Association (FRABA). The event will be held at Waverley legion and all are encouraged to attend! This will be a great time to get all of the candidates under one roof to speak about their platforms. This is for the entire community not just FRABA membership. If you are undecided on which way to vote, or you wish to support your candidate, please come along and let’s make this a huge success.

Fare Increase for Metro Transit

Friday, September 13, 2013 (Halifax, NS) – Effective September 30, 2013, Metro Transit will be increasing fares, as part of the 2013-2014 budget approved by Regional Council on April 30, 2013.

The fare increase will help provide for investment in transit technology and infrastructure. Upgrades in technology, such as a new AVL system, will significantly improve Metro Transit’s ability to offer real time bus location information, make data driven decisions on transit planning and scheduling, and in later years add such capabilities as automated stop annunciation (electronic announcement of bus stop). The budget will also allow for the expansion and maintenance of transit infrastructure, including nine new conventional expansion buses, 13 replacement buses, a new passenger ferry to be placed into service in May 2014, and updates to transit terminals and shelters. Residents will see expansion of the Woodside Ferry service, along with new bus routes, improvements to existing routes and Access-A-Bus expansion.

The adult cash fare will go from $2.25 to $2.50. However, there are changes to the entire fee structure and residents are encouraged to go to www.halifax.ca/metrotransit/farestructuresept2013.html
for a complete listing.

Metro Transit has grown significantly over the past decade, now serving over 25 million riders annually. With the fare increase, the first since 2009, Metro Transit’s fares will be consistent with or below most other cities of similar size including Windsor, Regina, Laval and Victoria. Raising the fare should eliminate the need to increase the transit tax rate during the next three years.

For more information on Metro Transit rates and information, please visit: http://www.halifax.ca/metrotransit

Vote Now!

As most of you are probably aware, there is an election approaching (October 8th), but did you know you can vote NOW? You don’t need your elector registration card (unless it’s already arrived), just a photo id (preferably your driving licence). The Elections Nova Scotia office is open at 36 Lockview Road (Fall River Baptist Church), Fall River. It’s open Monday to Saturday 9am to 6pm.
Just drop in when it’s convenient. They will confirm your identity, and then give you your voting ballot. Easy!
If you think you may be away on the 8th, or otherwise indisposed, why not get it out of the way now and make your voice heard?

Welcome to our new Sponsor

It gives us great pleasure in welcoming Tree Frog Massage Therapy as a myfallriver.ca sponsor. Tree Frog Massage Therapy is located in a home-based clinic on the outskirts of Fall River, Nova Scotia. The setting is tranquil and relaxing and designed for comfort and well-being. Check them out at treefrogmassage.com and as with all our sponsors, don’t forget to mention where you saw their ad!

Moving Forward Together - Metro Transit

As many of you are aware, Metro Transit is currently developing the new Five Year Service Plan.

As part of our first round of consultation for the plan, Metro Transit is asking some important questions to help us determine how the broader HRM community values transit. We’re asking participants to look beyond day to day operational issues, and think about what the goals of Metro Transit should be for the next five years.

I am emailing today to let you know that our interactive website is now live on the HRM Web Engagement Portal! You can find it by following this link here: http://halifax.ca/movingforwardtogether/ and clicking on the “public engagement portal”. This site allows participants many different ways to provide input toward the development of the plan, including a public forum, and an online survey.

Please take a few minutes to take a look at the site and pass the link along to any mailing lists you may have – we would like to hear from as many citizens as possible, whether or not they are transit users. You can also use our Twitter handle #moving4ward on your Twitter accounts if you’d like to spread the link that way.

Individuals who complete the survey before September 30th will all be entered in a draw to win a free iPad Mini, so spread the word!

In addition to the website, I would like to remind you that we have six public meetings coming up next week. The dates, times and locations are in the table below. Please note that ASL Interpreters will be available at Sessions 4 and 5.

Monday, September 9
Session 1
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
St. Agnes Hall, 6903 Mumford Road, Halifax
Session 2
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
St. Agnes Hall, 6903 Mumford Road, Halifax
Wednesday, September 11
Session 3
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Royal Canadian Legion, 45 Sackville Cross Road, Sackville
Session 4
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Royal Canadian Legion, 45 Sackville Cross Road, Sackville
Thursday, September 12
Session 5
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Holiday Inn Harbourview, 101 Wyse Road, Dartmouth
Session 6
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Holiday Inn Harbourview, 101 Wyse Road, Dartmouth

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at movingforward@halifax.ca.