Steve Snider, General Manager and CEO
Halifax-Dartmouth Bridge Commission
Chamber of Halifax luncheon
Casino Nova Scotia, The Compass Room
Tuesday, February 24th
I want to take the opportunity to talk to you about a few different things.
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.
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.
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
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
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,
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
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
This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?