Here are some of the details of the new terminal.
Orientation. The terminal stretches the entire length of the block—about 700 feet—between Nantucket Avenue and Thistle Street, just behind the Sportsplex parking lot, and just below the Dartmouth High football field and what's left of the urban wilderness park along Nantucket.
Bus Bays. The new terminal will have 16 bus bays, with the following set-up:
Routing changes. There will be small changes to routes 10 and 87, as follows:
Pedestrian access. People in the neighbourhood uphill from the terminal will be able to access the terminal via a pedestrian bridge that starts at both the Nantucket and Thistle ends of the terminal and curves over the eastern set of bays and a bus parking lane. The pedestrian bridge leads to the top of the terminal building—to the three "lantern" looking structures; the middle one is an elevator, and the two outer ones are stairwells, all leading down into the terminal building.
The pedestrian crosswalk from the Dartmouth Shopping Centre across Nantucket, which had been signalled by a flashing yellow light, was replaced this week with a red light activated by push button. That light will not be synced with the Wyse Road lights, explains Chase, because the red is activated each time a pedestrian pushes it, and it only remains red for as long as a "normal person" can cross the street.
The crosswalk somewhat up the hill, which has been primarily used by Dartmouth High students crossing over to MacDonalds, now leads to just above the start of the pedestrian bridge. There are no plans to move that crossing to directly meet the bridge, nor to change the light to a full-stop red.
There is a newly built stairway of about four steps connecting the new terminal to the Sportsplex parking lot.
Washrooms. The new terminal will have a separate area for drivers, with their own washrooms. The public area will also have washrooms—the women's room will have three regular stalls and one accessible stall, and the men's room will have two urinals, one regular stall and one accessible stall.
Custodial services. HRM facility services is responsible for keeping the washrooms and the rest of the facility clean. Very likely that chore will be contracted out.
Kiosk. The terminal includes a kiosk, but the city still has not put operation of the kiosk out to tender, so the terminal will open with no retail operation. It still hasn't been decided if the kiosk will be of the coffee vendor variety, or simply general retail. Likewise, the city isn't committing to the kiosk operator being required to sell bus tickets and passes; in the past, I was told that such a sensible, rider-friendly requirement would compete with the Shopper's Drug in the Dartmouth Shopping Centre.
New traffic light. There will be a new traffic light installed at the corner of Thistle Street and Wyse Road, which now becomes a major departing point for buses.
I've been promised a sneak preview of the terminal before it opens, and will post pictures as soon as I can.