About Us 

The Joint Regional Transportation Agency (JRTA) provides a collaborative forum responsible for long-range strategic transportation planning across the Halifax and surrounding communities. A key deliverable for the JRTA is the development and execution of the Regional Transportation Plan.

The plan will work to ensure the safe, efficient, and coordinated movement of people (walking/rolling, cycling, buses, ferries, trains, vehicles), goods (trucks, trains, ships, planes), and the necessary infrastructure (streets, transportation facilities, highways, bridges, rail corridors, ports – marine, ground, air).  

Aerial of Lunenburg's waterfront facing toward the city at sunset in winter.


Championing regional collaboration to advance transportation solutions through joint planning, partnerships, data-driven analysis, and strategic investments. 


A safe, efficient, equitable, and resilient regional transportation system that delivers sustainable economic growth by connecting communities.


Plan for all modes of transportation consistent with the region’s growth and development to ensure the safe, efficient, and coordinated movement of people and goods.



We bring people together to share ideas, have open discussions and find new, effective paths forward.


Our environment matters both locally and globally. As we plan for the future, we prioritize sustainable transportation solutions.


Access to affordable, efficient transportation is essential for communities to thrive. We seek to close transportation gaps for underserved and underrepresented communities so all Nova Scotians can travel easily through the region.


We seek to better connect people to the goods, places, and services they need to help build prosperous and healthy communities.


Integrated planning and collaboration helps us to identify strategic investments to maximize impact in the region.



Nova Scotia archived a major milestone in 2021 – the province surpassed a population of one million people, following a period of record growth. 


Over 63% of the population of Nova Scotia live within the Regional Transportation Plan study area.  


Between 2016 and 2021 Halifax’s downtown core increased in population by 26%.

Halifax and surrounding communities have been growing at a rapid pace recently, growing 4.5% from 2021-2022. This pace of growth has exceeded even the most optimistic population growth rates and represents some of the most significant growth in Canadian municipalities.  

Population and economic growth are key priorities for the province. The Government of Nova Scotia has identified a target to double the province’s population to two million people by 2060, with much of that growth expected in Halifax and the surrounding communities. Planning for such growth requires collaboration across all levels of government, businesses, communities, and interest groups and a long-term strategy to ensure the region’s transportation system can support this in a sustainable and resilient manner.   

Halifax is the main service and economic hub of the province and a critical connection in the region’s transportation system. As a port city, Halifax also functions as an important gateway and regional trade corridor for freight travelling by sea, air, and ground. The region includes transportation infrastructure and services under the jurisdiction of all levels of government, managed by different organizations and agencies. This creates both challenges and opportunities for planning and developing a coordinated regional transportation system.  

To address the challenges associated with a multi-jurisdictional transportation system, the Government of Nova Scotia passed Bill No. 61 in the fall of 2021 to establish the Joint Regional Transportation Agency (JRTA). 

Our Team

The Joint Regional Transportation Agency has a small, dedicated team responsible for furthering our mandate, engaging with stakeholders and the public, and working alongside our partners to coordinate transportation planning and improve our transportation system.  

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