New park-and-ride lot will overflow, predicts councillor
Porter's Lake route will shuttle people downtown
Construction is scheduled to start this spring on a park-and-ride lot to support a new express bus route between Porter's Lake and downtown Halifax, but one councillor said the 140 spots might not be enough to satisfy demand.
Coun. David Hendsbee said park-and-ride lots are often filled to capacity as soon as they're opened and there’s only so much land at the site near Exit 20 on Highway 107.
The Eastern Shore city councillor said the city might have to consider parking garages at these sites.
"Sort of like sprawl, we can't push out because we're limited by capacity so we might as well go up," he said.
The park-and-ride lot in Fall River is packed. It has capacity for 91 vehicles and Metro Transit said it plans to expand the space in the next year.
Hendsbee said he also hopes to add at least one more stop to the route.
"I’m trying to encourage the municipality to look at the Caledonia and Main Street corner so some of our Nova Scotia Community College Students can get off right there," he said.
There will also be bicycle racks and a shelter at the new parking lot.
The bus service from Porter's Lake is supposed to be running by this fall.
The Porter's Lake lot isn't the only spring construction project. Metro Transit plans to resurface and rebuild the Highfield Terminal in North Dartmouth and expand the Ragged Lake Transit Garage.