Halifax Regional Municipality’s newly-elected council may reinstate the evening ferry crossings the former council axed in the last budget.

City Hall’s audit and finance committee voted Wednesday to reinstate the evening Metro Transit ferry crossings between Halifax and Dartmouth.

“When you look at a map of Halifax-Dartmouth, and you start figuring how to move people, we need to use the water more, not less,” Mayor Mike Savage told the Rick Howe Show Wednesday.

The previous council cut the ferry crossings after 10:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday in an effort to save money. Transit officials will have to find $150,000 in the 2013-14 budget to reinstate the service.

The mayor said it’s worth investing in the service with all the new development happening in Dartmouth which will necessitate a greater need to move people between the two hubs.

“It serves both sides of downtown Halifax and Dartmouth and I think it’s part of a progressive, vibrant downtown,” he said.

The committee’s recommendation still has to be voted on by HRM council.