TAA hosts successful Nova Scotia members event

A group of people wait on a station platform as a teal VIA passenger train arrives
Attendees of TAA’s Nova Scotia Members Rendez-vous excursion wait on the platform in Truro as VIA #14 arrives. (Photo – Tim Hayman)

On Saturday, March 18th, TAA hosted the first of what we hope will be many events for our members. This event was targeted primarily towards our members in Nova Scotia, as we set out on an excursion from Halifax to Truro and back. At noon, seventeen TAA members (including our Vice President and several members of the board) gathered at the VIA Rail/Maritime Bus station in downtown Halifax and boarded Maritime Bus Route 103 to head to Truro. As we boarded the bus driver commented that this was an unusually busy trip for that time on a Saturday…we doubled what he guessed would be a “normal” load!

Despite running slightly behind schedule the bus trip was smooth and uneventful, with only two short stops in Dartmouth and at the airport. The chatter on board throughout the trip was full of discussion about public transportation locally and farther afield!

Upon arrival in Truro we made our way to the Engineroom Pub, where we enjoyed lunch before migrating over to the adjacent VIA Rail station. The waiting room was surprisingly busy – it seems we weren’t the only ones making the trip in to Halifax! Our wait in the station gave us a chance to talk a bit more about what TAA was up to, and provide an opportunity for members to provide feedback on what they thought we were doing well (or not so well), and what they’d like to see us do in the future. There were some excellent ideas floated during this chat. Continue reading “TAA hosts successful Nova Scotia members event”

TAA Spring Speaker/Panel: Integrating Regional and Local Transit

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Transport Action Atlantic is excited to be hosting a Spring speaker & panel event, with the topic of “Integrating Regional and Local Transportation”. Our primary speaker will be Susan Williams, General Manager, Eastern Canada for VIA Rail. After her discussion of VIA’s plans for the near future in the Maritimes, we will have a 3-member panel discussing the integration of regional transportation with local transportation both in our region and more generally.

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Susan Williams will be the featured guest speaker for this event.

The event is a continuation of the Nova Scotia Members’ Rendezvous, the participants of which will be returning on the afternoon train from Truro at around 6pm.

You are invited to join us for this event regardless of whether you participate in our day’s excursion to Truro or not. The event is free.



Date: March 18, 2017

Time: 7:30pm

Location: Westin Nova Scotian, Harbour Suite B

For more information and to RSVP, see our Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1548356251859654/

For those unable to join us in person, we’re looking into the possibility of a live stream via our Facebook page, so keep an eye on that page for updates!

Thanks to everyone who has registered to join us for our exciting Members Rendez-vous bus/train excursion earlier in the day on Saturday. If you missed the deadline to register (or just heard about this now!) and still want to join us, there’s still a chance! Contact us right away (via the email address at the top of the page) and we’ll do our best to make it happen. For more info, check out the Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/221182718348484/