Eddie Robar began his career with Metro Transit, Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM), almost 10 years ago as the scheduling coordinator. He has steadily risen through the ranks, serving as supervisor, scheduling and service planning, and manager, Service Development, before recently being named director of Metro Transit.
As director, Robar is responsible for overseeing Metro Transit’s $70 million annual operating budget and $30 million annual capital budget. These budgets represent more than 818,000 annual service hours, which are provided by a fleet of more than 300 buses and three ferries.
Robar’s accomplishments at Metro Transit speak to his dedication to improving transit service for the citizens of HRM. During his tenure with Metro Transit, the annual service hours have almost doubled; he has been directly involved with the implementation of these service increases.
Robar has provided leadership in the implementation of MetroLink BRT service and the MetroX rural express service, both of which have won national awards. Robar also played a key leadership role in the planning and implementation of transportation services for the 2011 Canada Winter Games, for which Metro Transit received CUTA’s National Transit Corporate Recognition Award for 2011.
“Public transit service touches the lives of so many people in our community on a daily basis; it’s an enormous responsibility knowing that the service we provide has such a significant impact on our residents ... It’s a great feeling knowing that I had a part in making a positive customer experience.”