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Plans are in the works to relocate and expand Metro Transit’s Lacewood Transit Terminal.

Plans are in the works to relocate and expand Metro Transit’s Lacewood Transit Terminal.

“It’s a very busy terminal,” says Lori Patterson, Metro Transit’s spokesperson.

In operation since 1991, the terminal was originally meant to be a temporary location.

“As you can imagine, our service has grown substantially since that time and the number of commuters in that area [has also grown substantially as well],” says Patterson.

The terminal is located at the corner of Lacewood Drive and Willett Street. It currently operates at capacity and cannot be expanded.

Without an expansion at another location, Metro Transit will be unable to expand its service offerings in the area. One of those services is a MetroLink line.

A MetroLink line for Clayton Park would travel to and from downtown Halifax.

Three locations are under consideration for the new terminal. One is on Lacewood Drive between Willett Street and Radcliffe Drive. The second location is an open space area on Willett Street and the final location is on Dunbrack Street at the Northcliffe Centre site.

Transit user OK with move
One transit user is open to the idea of replacing the Lacewood Transit Terminal. “If they’re planning on enlarging the terminal and there will be better bus routes, then I’d be OK with that,” says Antoinette Davis, a Masters in International Development Studies student who uses the bus to commute to university. A lifelong transit user, Davis thinks more work needs to be done to improve transit. “I think it could still be improved in terms of buses being on time and being more frequent,” she says.

 
 
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