Investing in Community Transportation for Bridgewater -- From the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage
Government is investing in Bridgewater’s fixed route bus transit pilot project to help ensure more people have access to affordable, accessible and reliable community transportation.
Justice Minister Mark Furey, on behalf of Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leo Glavine, announced today, Feb 26., an investment of $200,000.
“Access to reliable and affordable community transportation is critical to ensuring we have strong, connected and more vibrant communities,” said Mr. Furey. “This is especially important for older adults and citizens who rely on community transportation to help them remain in their homes, stay connected to their jobs, and provide them with better access to important services such as health.
“We are making it a priority to improve access to community transportation, especially in rural areas.”
Bridgewater launched its pilot project in September 2017 for a six-month trial period with the support of the Nova Scotia Transit Research Incentive Program.
“Transportation needs can present huge challenges to our residents for a variety of reasons. Extending this demonstration project will help to further reduce those barriers so that all of our residents can fully participate in our community,” said Mayor David Mitchell.
“We’re already hearing great stories of how the transit system has resulted in the transformation of lives, by allowing residents to get and keep a new job or participate in community events that were previously unreachable.”
Halifax Regional Municipality donated two Metro X buses for the demonstration project.
Improving access to community transportation is a cornerstone of government’s Poverty Reduction Blueprint and is identified as a priority in SHIFT – Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for an Aging Population.
As part of the Culture Action Plan’s mandate to strengthen communities, the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage is developing a plan to improve access to community transportation across the province with a focus on rural communities and older Nova Scotians.
Help us Move Forward with Bridgewater Transit!
The Town of Bridgewater is looking for input on how the transit service has helped you so far, how it has connected you to services and jobs, why you might not have taken the bus yet, or how it can be improved in the future.
You're invited to stop by our two public sessions at the LCLC on Wednesday, February 14 -- the first will take place from 2:15 to 3:45 p.m. and the second from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m.
And both line up with the bus schedule, if you want to catch a ride there!
BRIDGEWATER TRANSIT -- 2018 SURVEY
The Town of Bridgewater launched a new transit service in September. This is a pilot project, which means that the Town will be operating the service temporarily, then considering implementing it for a longer period of time.
As part of this project, we would like to get a sense of your travel behaviour and perceptions of the transit pilot program.
To take the survey, visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2ZY9RML or click below.
Our Atlantic Canadian winters can wreak havoc on travel plans. The Town of Bridgewater is committed to providing a transit program that balances reliable public service with safety in the face of stormy conditions.
STORMY WEATHER ARRIVES
When bad weather is in the forecast, public safety takes precedence. Bridgewater Transit drivers will be working with our Public Works staff to keep our transit service on the road as much as possible, however in instances where there is signigicant snowfall in the forecast (more than 10 centimeters), users should expect transit service may be delayed and plan accordingly. If there are disruptions in service, the Town of Bridgewater will inform the public immediately.
WHERE TO GET INFO ON BRIDGEWATER TRANSIT
If Bridgewater Transit service is temporarily delayed or there is a detour, we will make sure it reaches our users in a number of different ways. Transit information is published on the Town of Bridgewater’s Facebook page and Twitter accounts, as well as the @BWTraffic Twitter account. We also provide updates through CKBW/Country 100.7 and the CBC Nova Scotia Storm Centre.
Storms can be unpredictable and Bridgewater Transit may still be in service while needing to avoid certain parts of town. For example, if loaders are being used to clear snow from King Street, the bus may detour up Victoria Rd. to York St., picking up the route again at Alexandra and Maple.
SAFELY USING BUS STOPS
During the winter, snowbanks along street curbs can provide obstacles for those travelling on foot or trying to board the bus. While we do our best to ensure areas around marked bus stops are passable, if there is a snowbank near a marked stop or a flag stop you’re creating, look for the closest curb cut or driveway where there is no snow and wait there ̶ our drivers will be on the lookout for you!
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING A STORM
Winter in Atlantic Canada can be challenging. Snow, freezing rain, and strong winds present obstacles for you and for those tasked with clearing our 70 kilometers of streets and 35 kilometres of sidewalks in the days following a storm. We’ve created this information sheet on the Town of Bridgewater’s snow removal procedures to help you know what to expect DURING a storm.
WHEN DOES PLOWING BEGIN?
Plowing begins when snow cover on primary roads reaches between 3 to 4 inches. The remainder of plows are brought in near the completion of the storm. If snowfall is significant (in excess of 4 inches), plowing may begin on secondary streets prior to the end of a storm to permit emergency access. Supervisors are in communication with emergency officials during a storm and will assist in response to calls if requested/required to do so.
DOES SERVICE CHANGE BASED ON THE TIME OR DAY?
The Town of Bridgewater’s crews provide the same level of service during and after a winter storm regardless of the time of day or day of the week.
WHY SALT BEFORE A STORM?
Salt is typically applied to road surfaces just prior to or at the beginning of a winter storm to create a barrier between the road and the snow accumulation. This helps our crews remove snow and ice with plows later. Without the application of salt, snow and ice will more readily pack to the road and removing it from the surface can become much more challenging. A typical salt run of the entire town takes 2 to 3 hours.
HOW DO I GET INFORMATION?
Listen to local radio and follow Bridgewater Traffic (@BWtraffic) or the Bridgewater Police Service (@policenews) on Twitter in order to get updates on road and weather conditions during and after a winter storm.
Take winter weather seriously and adjust your plans accordingly. Stay off the road during a storm unless travel is absolutely necessary ̶ keeping our roads clear of traffic and parked cars helps the snow removal process.
High winds, flooding, storm surges, and icy conditions can make driving dangerous and cause power outages for three days or more. The Regional Emergency Management Organization recommends having enough supplies to comfortably stay in your home for three to four days without needing to go out, even if the power is off. You’ll want to think about having batteries, flashlights, drinking water, and food on hand. Visit emergencymeasures.ca for a complete checklist.
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER A STORM
Snow, freezing rain, and strong winds present obstacles for you and for those tasked with clearing our 70 kilometers of streets and 35 kilometres of sidewalks in the days following a storm. We’ve created this information sheet on the Town of Bridgewater’s snow removal procedures to help you know what to expect AFTER a storm.
The First 12 Hours After
Public Works crews begin clearing, starting with main arteries and hills in Bridgewater. Our job is to ensure that emergency vehicles have basic access to every area of our community.
From 12 to 24 Hours After
Crews work on sidewalk maintenance, starting first near Bridgewater’s school zones. We also “wing back” snow or ice cover on streets and begin removal of snow from parking spaces in the downtown, allowing our local businesses to resume normal operation as soon as possible.
From 24 to 48 Hours After and Beyond
Sidewalk maintenance and winging back of snow cover on streets continues during this period.
PARKING AND CLEARING DURING A STORM
Under Section 139 of the Motor Vehicle Act, no person shall park or leave standing a vehicle, attended or unattended, on a street which obstructs winter maintenance during or after a snow storm. Such vehicles will be towed away at the owner’s expense. Also, under Section 318 of the Municipal Government Act, snow cannot be plowed across any streets or onto sidewalks. Snow shall be stored on the property being cleared or hauled away and dumped in an approved location.
BE SMART AND SAFE
During bad weather, heed the advice of the Bridgewater Police Service and RCMP on the radio and online. If you can stay off the roads, please do so.
PLOW IT FORWARD
The Town of Bridgewater is a supporter of the Plow It Forward campaign, which encourages neighbours to help each other, particularly the elderly or those with physical challenges, to clear snow and ice after a storm. You can also do your part by adopting a neighbourhood hydrant.
The Town of Bridgewater is excited to officially launch the Bridgewater Transit Advertising Program!
Are you looking for a great way to get word around town about your business or organization? Would you like to reach an audience of literally thousands of people each day all along the 16-kilometre Bridgewater Transit route?
Then this is an opportunity that you won't want to miss!
We're now offering options to purchase advertising inside the bus, on the exterior of the bus, and an exclusive opportunity to advertise on our Bridgewater Transit passes!
For more information, including rates, you can download a copy of the advertising program document here.
Before proceeding, we'd also encourage you to take a look at the Transit Advertising Policy by clicking here.
It's almost that time of year again -- time to start thinking about which top volunteers in Bridgewater should be honoured in 2018!
The Town of Bridgewater is currently accepting nominations in three categories:
To submit a nominee for consideration in any or all of the categories, click on the links above for a downloadable doc file.
THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION OF BRIDGEWATER WILL shut off the water to a perform gate valve replacement in the area of:
King Street, from Old Bridge to 668 King St., including Dominion St up to Pleasant St, on Sunday, October 29, between 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
After work is complete and water pressure resumes to normal, we ask customers to flush water taps for 5 to 10 minutes should they experience any air or discoloured water. We regret any inconvenience this may cause our customers.
AND TRAFFIC NOTICE -- KING STREET
Please be advised, the following section of street will be closed to carry out repair work to water main gate valve:
KING STREET, from Empire St. to Dufferin St., on Sunday, October 29, from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
This section of street will be closed to south-bound traffic only until the work is completed. Traffic will be detoured accordingly. Local traffic will be permitted.
The Town of Bridgewater regrets any inconvenience caused to residents and businesses.
As of Wednesday, November 1, the timetable for Bridgewater Transit is changing. We're tweaking the schedule so that our Transit will now run fully on the hour.
For example, if you're getting on the bus at the LCLC at 7 a.m., it'll be back at the LCLC in exactly one hour at 8 a.m The minor change will make the entire schedule more user-friendly!
Check out the revised schedule below and pick up your hard copy next week! We invite you to share this message!
ALSO -- TRANSIT PASSES NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE!
Bridgewater Transit multi-ride cards are now available for purchase at Town Hall, Bridgewater Pharmasave, and the LCLC. For more information, visit www.bridgewater.ca/transit.
We have created a survey about the transit system and would really like your input!
This is for everyone, whether you use the bus every day, don't use the bus at all, live outside of Bridgewater or are thinking about using the bus soon -- we're looking forward to hearing your thoughts!
PAVEMENT MANAGEMENT NOTICE
More pavement management in Bridgewater, beginning Monday, October 2 -- please plan travel routes accordingly
The Town of Bridgewater will be coordinating Pavement Management Improvements, including planing and paving on LaHave Street (Silvers Hill) and School Street (King Street to Prince Street). Dexter Construction Ltd. is scheduled to begin the work on Monday, October 2, with a two-day completion date, weather dependent.
The work will include traffic being controlled with Traffic Control Personnel. Every effort will be made to minimize the disruption to residents in order to complete the works, however you should expect some traffic delays.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Traffic delays, dust, noise and heavy equipment are common elements of planing and paving. We are committed to providing a work site that is safe and orderly.
Working hours are generally 6:30 am to 7:30 pm. It should be anticipated that the contractor might choose to work longer hours to complete the work, on schedule.
Individuals with special needs who may be uniquely impacted by this project should contact the Project Manager (contact info below) as soon as possible to make them aware of your situation. We will work with you in an attempt to minimize your inconvenience as much as possible.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss this further, please feel free to contact the following:
Town of Bridgewater- Engineering Department
Office Phone: (902) 541-4370
Regularly scheduled Solid Waste Collection WILL continue.
Residents are reminded to have items to the curb prior to 8:00 a.m. Collection calendars are available from the Engineering Department and on the Town's website: www.bridgewater.ca.
The Town of Bridgewater regrets any inconvenience caused to residents and businesses, during this work.
Do you love history? Built heritage? Then this may be for you!
The Town of Bridgewater's Heritage Advisory Committee (HAC) is looking for new committee members!
HAC is responsible for growing the number of buildings and sites officially registered as heritage properties in the Town of Bridgewater; receiving, reviewing, and making recommendations regarding applications to alter registered properties; recommending new street names to Town Council; and educating the community on its built heritage.
A majority of committee members must be residents of Town of Bridgewater, but non-residents are considered as well. Members meet monthly at DesBrisay Museum.