10 Years Ago In Burnside
Many of us in Burnside travel the bridges each day on our way to work.
Traffic crosses the MacDonald Bridge. — Philip Croucher/Metro Halifax photo
10 years ago… Many of us in Burnside travel the bridges each day on our way to work. The introduction of the MacPass eased the burden of always making sure we had the right change or some tokens on hand. Now the Bridge Commission is making the MacPass even easier to use. Customers can now order transponders over the phone, or top up their existing accounts via the Internet and telephone banking systems. The increased ease of use these new measures bring is expected to spur growth of the MacPass from the 27,000 people who owned transponders last year up to 40,000. Also, the Commission has now made the $30 purchase fee for a transponder fully refundable.
10 years ago… Tom Rath, general manager of Commercial Real Estate Services for the Halifax Regional Municipality, reports the growth of the offshore sector and the strength of the local IT industry are fueling growth in all the area’s business parks. Vacancy rates, especially in the warehousing sector, are reaching historic lows and are fueling construction and development plans. Companies making the decision to move out of previously rented space to build their own facilities are adding more fuel. Business parks are the most popular location for these new facilities since they offer the most easily accessible serviced lots and the option of plentiful free parking.
10 years ago… The Burnside Business Watch’s newest crime fighting program is up and running. The Watch’s legacy of innovation racked up another first when it became the only business community to launch an I.D. number-based crime reporting system. Every business in the park is now assigned its own number and any employee can use that number to report a crime or suspicious activity. The caller’s identify is protected, eliminating the fear of reprisal from criminals.
10 years ago… Bayers Lake resident Core Networks continues to make headlines. Core recently raised $10.5 million(US) to help finance its further expansion into North American markets. This homegrown success story is emerging as a significant player in the broadband network market, a sector that’s expected to be worth $20 billion over the next four years.
10 years ago… Metro Transit has released ridership numbers for the year 2000. The total passenger count was 12.6 million, which is slightly higher than the 12.56 million Metro Transit is projecting for the year 2001. The transit company says the Tall Ships visit in 2000 had a large impact on ridership, with bus passenger counts jumping by 162,000 passengers between July 19 and July 24, and ferry passenger counts jumping by 169,000 extra travelers over the usual 33,000 passengers.