Community rallying to save Halifax Transit route serving Sambro area

Sunday, 13 August 2017, 05:40:56 AM. Halifax Transit route 402 will be discontinued in just over a week, but that's not stopping a group of residents in the Sambro area from executing a last-ditch effort to save it.
Halifax Transit route 402 will be discontinued in just over a week, but that's not stopping a group of residents in the Sambro area from executing a last-ditch effort to save it. A rally is set for Aug. 18, three days before the planned discontinuation of the route servicing Spryfield, Herring Cove, Ketch Harbour, Sambro Head, Williamswood and Harrietsfield.  As part of a way to show how inaccessible Halifax's city hall is without a bus in the area, the rally will instead be held in front of Mishoo's variety store in Sambro, according to organizer Dawn Penney. "I feel confident my need for the bus is echoed within the community. I found that out while I campaigned last year in the municipal election," said Penney, who ran for councillor in the area. This vessel, seen July 31 during the 2017 Tall Ships Regatta in Halifax, had 'Sambro Needs a Bus' written on its hull. (Shaina Luck/CBC) Decision 'not going to change' Last year's council decision to end the route came from a recommendation in the Moving Forward Together Plan, a strategy for overhauling Halifax Transit. Route 402 was reported to have had very low ridership. District 11 Coun. Steve Adams, who voted against the discontinuation, said he's empathetic with disgruntled residents, but doesn't want to foster false hope. "The route is going to stop on the 21st. That's not going to change," he said Saturday. Recent social media reminders published by Halifax Transit suggest residents try routes 14 and 20 in the 402's...Read more
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