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Bridge Commission CEO, sustainable transportation - february 24 2009

Bridge Commission CEO, sustainable transportation - february 24 2009

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Bridge Commission CEO speaks about sustainable transportation
Feb 25, 2009

On Tuesday, February 24th Bridge Commission general manager and CEO, Steve Snider, spoke to members of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce.

The luncheon presented an opportunity to share the Bridge Commission’s vision for what needs to be done to ensure our region has a sustainable transportation system.

Mr. Snider outlined strategies the Bridge Commission are seriously considering to reduce growing traffic congestion. He also referenced the transportation demand management strategies HRM is implementing.



He emphasized the importance of all levels of government working together to bring about change to our transportation system because, if significant changes are not made to how people get around, we will have to confront the reality of building another harbour crossing or sitting in gridlock.

For a complete copy of Mr. Snider's speech please e-mail: amacdonald@hdbc.ns.ca.




Bridge Commission CEO speaks about sustainable transportation
Feb 25, 2009

On Tuesday, February 24th Bridge Commission general manager and CEO, Steve Snider, spoke to members of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce.

The luncheon presented an opportunity to share the Bridge Commission’s vision for what needs to be done to ensure our region has a sustainable transportation system.

Mr. Snider outlined strategies the Bridge Commission are seriously considering to reduce growing traffic congestion. He also referenced the transportation demand management strategies HRM is implementing.



He emphasized the importance of all levels of government working together to bring about change to our transportation system because, if significant changes are not made to how people get around, we will have to confront the reality of building another harbour crossing or sitting in gridlock.

For a complete copy of Mr. Snider's speech please e-mail: amacdonald@hdbc.ns.ca.

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Steve Snider, General Manager and CEO
Halifax-Dartmouth Bridge Commission
Chamber of Halifax luncheon
Casino Nova Scotia, The Compass Room
Tuesday, February 24th

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Thank you very much John for the kind introduction, and my sincere thank you to
the Halifax Chamber of Commerce for the opportunity to speak today.

I want to take the opportunity to talk to you about a few different things.
Cars.
Busses.
Roads.
Bicycles.
People; and
Bridges.

I think if we\u2019re honest with ourselves, we\u2019d admit that we have a problem on our
hands. We have a collective dependence. And that dependence - in this province,
this country and all across this continent - is on the automobile.

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Too many of us would sooner drive than walk. We\u2019d rather fire-up our car, than
take the bus.
We\u2019d rather navigate potholes or be stuck in traffic, than sit back and read a book
on the bus.
We have a problem.

We can\u2019t come to grips with our dependence on cars.
And we continue to refuse, as a society, to take the steps that will change the
behaviour that led us to this dependence in the first place.

Now I appreciate how you might look at this.

I\u2019m a guy whose job might be viewed as nothing more than to - efficiently and
safely - operate two elevated roadways across the Halifax Harbour. So, you may
wonder what sustainable transportation means to the Halifax-Dartmouth Bridge
Commission.

Well, sustainable transportation means meeting the mobility needs of the present
without compromising the needs of future generations.
It also means making use of technologies that help people make changes to the way
they travel that are better for the environment.
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During the next few minutes, I will paint a picture for you of what we can do \u2013 and
what I believe we have to do \u2013 if we want to have a sustainable transportation
system that works for this city, this region and this province.
We operate and maintain two very critical pieces of infrastructure that span Halifax
Harbour. As a commission of the Provincial Government, we report to the Minister of
Finance.

We very much value Minister Baker\u2019s support on the needs assessment and our

thoughts and best wishes go out to him and his family at this time.
Essentially we\u2019re the people who ensure you get across the harbour safe and sound.
When we first opened the Macdonald Bridge in 1955, our focus was mainly tolling,

plowing and salting. But running a bridge today is much different than in 1955.

For one thing we now have two bridges across the harbour. For another, we have
over 32 million crossings a year compared to about three million in our first full year
of operation.

We\u2019ve changed a lot in the last 54 years. We\u2019ve gone from tokens to transponders,
from hand-painted signs to electronic message boards and from weathervanes to
weather stations.

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