Kings County plans to investigate the idea of a rapid bus service between the Annapolis Valley and Halifax.
The county has just put out a call for companies interested in studying the transit needs of the Annapolis Valley.

The municipality hopes a study will be done by this fall.

Currently, Maritime Bus offers services to nearby Wolfville, but doesn’t go as far as Kings County.

Scott Quinn, the public works manager in charge of the project, said the municipality knows there are a number of people in the valley area who travel to Halifax for work, and a number of university students who would also welcome a rapid transit route to the city.  
Quinn said municipal officials need to know if a service is viable — and if so, what type of route would be best.

“I guess our initial thought was that we have a link in with Kings Transit at their base in New Minas, possibly a link somewhere in Windsor and on through to downtown,” he said.

He said they are also looking at potential links to Metro Transit. 

Quinn said most of the cost of the study will be covered by grants from the provincial government and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.  

He hopes the study will be under way by July and finished by October.