Nova Scotia

No decision on Dartmouth bus terminal

No decisions were made Thursday night about the best option for building a new Metro Transit bus terminal near the MacDonald Bridge in Dartmouth.

No decisions were made Thursday night on the best option for building a new Metro Transit bus terminal near the MacDonald Bridge in Dartmouth.

At a public meeting, concerns were expressed about both of the two final options on the table.

The meeting was supposed to outline options to replace the existing bus terminal which is considered inadequate, dangerous and ill-equipped.

It was expected that a community council from Dartmouth would come up with a recommendation on either option one — which proposes a pedestrian walkway and elevators to cross bridge traffic, or option two — which doesn't include those features, but costs $4 million less.

The second option would mean pedestrians would have to cross several lanes of traffic to catch a bus. Some visually-impaired  transit users expressed concern about that option at the meeting.

The more expensive plan also includes trees and landscaping, which some residents thought would somewhat make up for the loss of green space on the Dartmouth Common.

But after two hours of discussion some councillors were questioning why both options are more centred on the needs of the bus company than on passengers or local residents.

The group made no recommendations and said it would take the matter back to Halifax Regional Council.