Halifax Transit route 61 'Auburn-North Preston'
|Length (one-way)||25 km|
|Types of Buses Used||New Flyer D40LF|
Nova Bus LFS Artic
|Peak periods||15-30 min.|
Halifax Transit route 61 'Auburn / North Preston' provides service from the community of North Preston near Westphal and the Cole Harbour/Forest Hills area to downtown Halifax. Up until 2004, the route terminated at the Bridge Terminal during off-peak times, but continued into downtown Halifax during rush hour. In 2004, it was announced the route would continue into downtown Halifax all day, and once it reached the Scotia Square terminal it would turn into a route 14 Leiblin Park and continue on. Metro Transit dubbed this process thru-routing. Conversely, the inbound route 14 from Leiblin Park turns into a route 61 Auburn North Preston when it reaches the Scotia Square terminal, and continues on to Dartmouth.
The route is part of the high frequency Portland Corridor along with the routes 59 and 68, providing a combined 10 minute (or better) service between the Portland Hills Terminal and Bridge Terminal (20 minutes on weekends)
Terminals and Major Stops
The route 61 services the following terminals and major stops:
- Portland Hills Terminal
- Penhorn Terminal
- Dartmouth Ferry Terminal (Alderney Drive)
- Bridge Terminal
- Scotia Square Terminal (downtown Halifax)
- Dalhousie University (as route 14)
- Saint Mary's University (as route 14)
|Outbound to North Preston & Auburn Drive|
|Outbound to Auburn Drive only (some PM rush hour trips)|
VIA SCOTIA SQUARE
|Inbound to Halifax|
TO BRIDGE TERM'L
|Inbound to Bridge Terminal (after 11pm)|
61 MONTAGUE RD - trips that terminate at Montigue rd after returning from North Preston, pm rush hour only trips.