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Monday, March 25, 2019

HFX Transit: Fuck the environment, I don't know how to do my job

Posted By on Mon, Mar 25, 2019 at 6:02 PM

With all this talk of carbon pricing and people offering public transit as a way to fight climate change: Apparently not our flakey HFX transit! A big bold lie from the www.halifax.ca website is: The Departures Line provides real time bus departure information. I guess they don't understand 'real time'. I have never heard it tell me that a bus is late, it mostly the 'scheduled' time. Last fall, the buses were taken off the streets at 4pm on a friday because of stormy weather. Yet the Departures Line was still lying to me with the regular scheduled times. What is wrong with Halifax Transit? The mayor was recently begging the PM for more money for Halifax's transit. But what did they do with the millions that were given them for the real time system? Did they spend it on tires? If the drivers followed the computer system on the bus, they wouldn't be early for a stop! There's no reason to be early. If HFX transit knew how to use the software, the number 81 would never be right behind the number 80, like it always is. It's pretty simple for a computer: The 80 and 81 run every 30 minutes. So logically, the buses would be 15 minutes apart! Especially on Sunday schedule, where you have buses that run on an hourly program. Up in Clayton Park, the two main hourly buses would pass every 30 minutes.
In practice, it's not even close. Sometimes, they arrive a minute after the other. If there's no way to track how many people take the buses, using a counter on each bus, then how can they measure the miserable job they're doing? I guess without a counter, they can feign ignorance. It's time to write to the people that can make a difference: The government official in the environment depts. Would Margaret Miller understand the situation? Let's tell the PM that the carbon pricing is pointless in NS, because no matter what we do to protect the environment, HFX Transit is fucking up our efforts.
—Saving for a monster truck
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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Tyrannical Bus Driver

Posted By on Tue, Dec 4, 2018 at 4:22 PM

To the tyrannical bus driver of the 80 who defiantly shut off the bus in protest to my refusal to empty my reusable coffee mug of its contents: get over yourself. I am quite capable of preventing my beverage from spilling; even in spite of the tumultuous ride I will endure as a passenger on your deplorable transport service. Haligonians, remember that WE keep the transit service in business to serve US, not the other way around. —Wired Passenger
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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

People who shout and swear on the bus

Posted By on Tue, Nov 13, 2018 at 11:37 AM

Dear people who find it socially acceptable to curse, swear and make sex jokes on public transit: Can you just, like, not? It's uncomfortable for everyone around you, especially at the end of the day when everybody's tired. Paying a dollar for a seat doesn't entitle you to ruin everyone else's day, and my four-year-old son doesn't need to hear you calling someone an "asshole" into your cell phone for not sleeping with you last night. We don't care about or want to know the sordid details of your private life. What ever happened to a little thing called common courtesy? Or is that too quaint a concept in a city like Halifax? It makes me feel especially bad for the bus drivers. They work hard all day and I can't imagine the kind of stuff some of them must have to put up with on a daily basis. I'm not the free speech police, swear if you must, but try to remember that not everybody else is as cool with their children hearing it as you might be. Phones have a silent texting option too, you know.
Fed up mom
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Monday, November 5, 2018

Transit bitch

Posted By on Mon, Nov 5, 2018 at 12:15 PM

I have a job interview on Friday. If I owned a car, I would be able to get there in nine minutes, because it's only five and a half kilometres away. If I walked, it'd take an hour and one minute. If—or when—I have to rely on Halifax Transit, I'm looking at 35 to 52 minutes of transit time. The LEAST amount of walking I could do would be for 17 to 20 minutes, and I'd have to take two different buses. Instead, I'll likely opt for a 20-minute bike ride. Shame on you, transit!
—don't want to own a car
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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Let's talk about bus route 4

Posted By on Tue, Oct 16, 2018 at 5:40 PM

So, that makes two straight days that bus #4 left over five minutes late from the Lacewood terminal despite the bus, and its driver, having been at the terminal 10 minutes early? How's that work you ask? Extended coffee break I would gather. This has happened a lot lately.

While we're on the subject of the new route #4, I decided to reserve judgement when it was announced. However, the verdict is in. It sucks. Why does a bus that's heading from Dalhousie to Lacewood head in the wrong direction and take a detour to SMU and Spring Garden Road? I thought the goal of the redesign was to straighten out the routes and make them more sensible? Wouldn't it make more sense to start the route at SMU, head down Robie to Dal, then head straight to Lacewood? It is the university bus right? It's not the "loop-di-loop and lets pick up a bunch of drunks late at night on Spring Garden route" is it? How does a 10-15 minute detour to SMU and Spring Garden (depending on traffic) make my route better?

I like the extended hours and being able to catch the bus at the SUB at Dalhousie rather than that sketchy bus stop on Robie and South streets, but every other thing about this route is awful and results in a net loss. Every time the bus turns right onto Robie at Robie & South instead of left a little part of me dies inside and another 15 minutes of life is taken away from me.

Figure this out Halifax Transit. Figure it out.
—Make buses convenient so people will stop using cars so much

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Another bus bitch

Posted By on Tue, Oct 9, 2018 at 2:24 PM

Did I miss a meeting about buses? Halifax has buses with slippery plastic seats, on buses that seem to have more acceleration and braking than their other buses. Plus, the drivers drive them like they are getting paid by the mile. To sit on the seats while the bus is stopped at a red light is difficult, too, because the angle seems wrong—it is like they are leaned forward so bad I have to do the death grip on the chair in front of me.
White-knuckled William
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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Halifax Transit blows

Posted By on Tue, Oct 2, 2018 at 11:37 AM

Two hours from Burnside to Armdale by bus? And this city thought it had a chance to attract Amazon here? Pathetic.
I’m outta here
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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Get your feet out of the aisle

Posted By on Tue, Sep 4, 2018 at 3:00 PM

What the fuck is wrong with people? When you sit in a seat, don't sit with your feet stuck in the aisle. If I bang into you because you're blocking my way, tough shit. Do you stare at your smartphone and pretend you don't see anyone else and think you're the center of the universe? I don't think drivers will be required to tell people to clear the aisle: All drivers do is drive the bus, they rarely enforce any rules, except you can't bring your drink on board. You were still wearing your name tag from the burger joint you work in, so I guess I shouldn't expect too much from you. It seems that every day, the buses get worse and worse. I'm sure the ridership is way down as Halifax Transit gets managed to lower standards, but they don't care. How can they even count ridership? If a person uses a pass, there's no way to track numbers.
—Ready to get a car, screw the environment
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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Good riddance to bad rubbish

Posted By on Thu, Aug 16, 2018 at 11:22 AM

Good bye bus route 18, we'll miss you. With your long stops along the route, sitting there for minutes at a time because the bus is ahead of schedule multiple times per trip. Turning what should be a 20 minute trip from St. Mary's to Lacewood into a 45 minute odyssey. We had such fun times. But, onwards and upwards eh. Have a happy retirement!
—SlowlyMovingForwardTogether
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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

I think I'll stick to driving from now on

Posted By on Tue, Jul 3, 2018 at 2:54 PM

To the bus driver who not only denied letting me on but was incredibly rude about it: Was that really necessary? On Canada Day of all days, one question about whether I could get on before or after your break and you deny my ride altogether, telling me to catch the next bus after I'd waited 20 minutes for you to show up? Thanks for making me take a taxi. Sorry you were having a bad night, but don't take it out on random people just trying to get around town. I think I'll stick to driving from now on.
—Brian
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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Transit Hell

Posted By on Thu, Jun 28, 2018 at 11:41 AM

That moment when you run for a bus and you make eye contact with the driver, hope surges—and then he drives away anyway.
—Annoyed Bus User
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Monday, June 11, 2018

Fuck Halifax Transit!

Posted By on Mon, Jun 11, 2018 at 9:58 AM

Because of those godawful changes to route 52 happening on August 20, I can never get to work anymore. Fuck the transit service in this fucking awful shit stain of a city. How the fuck am I going to earn my fucking paycheck now? Guess I have to give up on employment because Halifax Transit gives zero fucks about working class slobs like me. Seriously I would love to see the retarded fuckwit who thought cutting all services to Chain Lake Drive, Bayers Lake was a good idea. Fuck you, how am I going to get to work now, and how in the fuck am I going to get to Access Nova Scotia to get my ID renewed. Fuck this place. —Employment Ending 08/20/2018

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Friday, April 6, 2018

What even is a bus terminal?

Posted By on Fri, Apr 6, 2018 at 4:01 PM

A few summers ago I had a friend from out of town visit me for Canada Day. I wanted to show him around the city, and because I'm a regular transit rider, I decided we'd use public transit to get around. So, I figured the best way to start off was to buy bus tickets for my friend. So we walked over to the Lacewood Terminal thinking we could buy the tickets and grab our bus.

Surely, if there's one place in the entire city that's going to have bus tickets for sale, it's the brand new bus terminal right? RIGHT? Nope. Upon arrival we were told that the terminal does not sell bus tickets. The guy manning the counter told us he thought they sold bus tickets at the gas station down the road.

So off we walked down the hill. Surely, if anybody knows where to buy bus tickets, it's going to be the person working at the bus terminal, right? RIGHT? Nope. Upon arrival at the gas station we were told they do not, in fact, sell bus tickets. But the guy working the counter told us he thinks they sell them at drugstore.

So off we walked down to drugstore. At this point my friend's first impression of Halifax is that it is a place of confusion and frustration in desperate need of getting it's shit together. Luckily, the store did have bus tickets. We then walked back to the Lacewood Terminal to catch our bus and get on with our day (which was wonderful, thanks for asking).

Several years later, the bus terminal still does not sell bus tickets, and now even the person manning the counter is gone. But it sure is a nice shiny empty building.

Don't even get me started on route 18 and all of the long stopovers it does on it's way from SMU to Lacewood. IdLikeToBuyATicket


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Saturday, March 10, 2018

Helter Shelter!

Posted By on Sat, Mar 10, 2018 at 10:27 AM

You want to increase transit ridership in this fucked up town? How about increasing the number of bus shelters, benches and trash cans at bus stops? Waiting for the 72 Dartmouth Crossing on Commodore this afternoon (March 8th), I wondered why there is no bus shelter there. There is a concrete pad for a shelter, it’s been there for years but still no shelter erected. Why? No benches either, but by a miracle there is a garbage container. I’ve seen benches in various places around town where no one goes??? It’s quite stupid not to mention a waste of taxpayers money. Put benches where they will be used and appreciated, AT BUS SHELTER’S!!!! Oh yeah there aren’t many of those. What a gucked up town we live in. Sigh! —Standing in the wind and rain waiting for the 72


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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Don’t cancel bus service during a winter storm

Posted By on Wed, Jan 3, 2018 at 9:36 AM

I've seen it happen every time there is a winter storm. People get stuck at work with no way home because Halifax Transit drivers wont drive on crappy road.

I'm so pissed at this. When all other vehicles are unsafe to drive, transit should not be kicking their passengers out into slippery roads and snowbank-covered sidewalks. Where is their commitment to serving the public? And don't tell me that it is dangerous for them. That is just a cop out. —Someone’s Grandma





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