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Downtown Halifax getting new high-speed, net-zero commuter ferry service

HALIFAX — The Nova Scotia government announced today a $258-million plan for a new high-speed ferry service that will link Halifax with Bedford, a rapidly growing suburb about 10 kilometres northwest of the port city's downtown.

The province will contribute $65 million, Ottawa will kick in $155 million and the Halifax Regional Municipality will spend $38 million on the Mill Cove ferry service.

The project calls for the construction of five electric ferries, a new ferry terminal in Bedford, and a new terminal in Halifax to replace the existing waterfront facility.

Nova Scotia Environment Minister Timothy Halman says the net-zero ferries and terminals will not produce air pollution.

As well, a new bridge will be built over a CN Rail line in Bedford to provide access to the Mill Cove terminal.

The project is expected to be completed during the 2027-28 fiscal year.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 4, 2024.

The Canadian Press