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Transit updates, parking promises and something that was Yarmouth’s idea first 

This week at regional council


H alifax Transit gave a third-quarter key indicator report, noting that there's been just under 10,000 transit passes given out through the department of community services' pilot project, and over 1,000 of those have been given to children. And Dave Reage, director of Halifax Transit, says they've been working towards the goal of having Access-A-Bus services available with only 24 hours notice, versus the seven days previously recommended. He says it should be 24 hours as of now, but "we have a lot of trust to build around that though," adding that at this point he doesn't expect 24 hours to be anyone's experience. Vicky Levack uses Access-A-Bus services once a week and says things have actually gotten worse.

Council has awarded Cale Systems Inc. the responsibility of taking on its integrated parking technology solution for $2,108,888 all in. The to-be-firmed-up contract will see new parking meters that take more than just coins around the city, a cloud-based pay-for-parking app and better technology for parking monitors. Council also learned some of the basics around how contracts like these are deliberated and awarded.

Council approved Matt Whitman's motion to give $150,000 to the recapitalization of Hammonds Plains Community Centre from the Hammonds Plains Common Area Rate—the area's own pot of money.

Taking after Yarmouth—for once—mayor Savage will write a letter to the province asking if crosswalk signs can add fluorescent yellow-green as a background colour to improve visibility; and councillor Shawn Cleary's motion for a staff report on trail etiquette signs passed.

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