Nova Scotia

Halifax reconsiders ferry cuts

Halifax regional council has asked Metro Transit to find a way to reinstate the late-night ferry service across the harbour.
Metro Transit planned to cut ferry hours as a way to save money. (Paul Palmeter/CBC)

Halifax regional council has asked Metro Transit to find a way to reinstate the late-night ferry service across the harbour.

Metro Transit planned to cut the last runs of the night as a way to save more than $370,000.

But some councillors say they were blindsided by the decision to tie up the ferries after the 10:30 p.m. crossing instead of 11:45 p.m.

At Tuesday's council meeting, Coun. Gloria McCluskey said the late ferry runs should continue, even if it means hiking the fee by five cents.

Coun. Jim Smith said he wouldn't support any fee increases. He thinks it may be too late to reverse the schedule changes anyway.

"This is April. We just passed the budget. Where is this money going to come from?" he said.

Eddie Robar, director of Metro Transit, said his staff will come up with some ideas to cover the costs of the late-night ferry runs.

The ferry review will be sent to the municipality's transportation committee before it comes back to council.