Leading with Transit (LWT), a community-based initiative spearheaded by more than 20 public, private, institutional, and non-governmental organization partners, will be holding two community forums on November 27 and 29 in Dartmouth and Halifax to gather more feedback on the work that LWT has completed to date. LWT is a collective voice with the purpose of developing a long-term vision for all of HRM (centre, suburbs, and rural areas) based on public transit of extraordinary quality, service, and scope. LWT sees an investment in transit now as an investment in the future of the city.
The following forums are free and the public is encouraged to participate and give input:
LWT Dartmouth Community Forum
Tuesday, November 27
Nova Scotia Community College
Akerley Campus, Room A255, 21 Woodlawn Road, Dartmouth
LWT Halifax Community Forum
Thursday, November 29
Exhibition Room, Medjuck Building
Dalhousie Sexton Campus, 5410 Spring Garden Road, Halifax
“Transit is an essential public service that connects people and places. It is more than buses – it includes light rail, ferries, trains, etc., and exists beyond the needs of the commuter,” said Frank Palermo, Director with the Cities & Environment Unit at Dalhousie University. “It can be the vision which determines HRM’s future. It’s the only way to meet our collective expectations for healthier, more environmentally responsible and economically vibrant communities.”
LWT believes that transit makes it possible to rethink public spaces, particularly streets, as places that are not increasingly dominated by cars, focused on parking, or designed primarily for movement. For those who cannot afford a car and for those who may be too old or too young, or not able or want to drive, transit is key to connecting with friends, discovering the city, and providing access to jobs and services.
The mission of Leading with Transit is to imagine the city and region over the next 50 years – communities, streetscapes, and services – developed around public transit. It is urgent to do this now so that plans currently under preparation, projects now being contemplated, studies that are underway, streetscape improvements that are moving forward, and local debates regarding density, building height, and growth can be informed and strategically advanced to contribute to a brighter, more equitable and sustainably connected vision for the future.
For more information on Leading with Transit, visit www.leadingwithtransit.com or follow #LeadingwithTransit for the latest updates.