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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Human rights violation on Halifax Transit

Posted By on Thu, Nov 14, 2019 at 2:33 PM

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We've invested millions to upgrade the transit buses with modern tech. Each bus has a digital display that shows the next stop, and "stop requested" when required. I've been on at least six buses this year, that the stop request isn't displayed. I had my headphones on and didn't hear the bell. So as far as I knew, the driver wasn't going to stop for me. On a crowded bus, it's difficult to get to the driver to ask.

When I've told drivers that the stop request wasn't working, they would laugh at me and tell me their display let them know to stop, so basically fuck off. Like they don't care about customer satisfaction. Since it's happened repeatedly, the drivers haven't reported a problem with the bus, so the drivers must have shut off the display.

I don't think that it's a matter of driver's IQ. Except that these displays were installed for the hearing impaired. If someone is deaf, they won't hear the bell and have no way of knowing if the driver was going to stop for them. That is clearly a human rights violation, as Halifax Transit boasted that all buses are now accessible. It appears that Halifax Transit and the drivers are lying to us.
—My IQ Is Greater Than The Combined IQ Of Hfx Transit
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Friday, November 1, 2019

Metro Transit

Posted By on Fri, Nov 1, 2019 at 12:37 PM

Why must you suck so much? Please stop. I just want to go home but my bus just never came.
—Busser
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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Another calm and reasoned bus Bitch with a side of male tears

Posted By on Thu, Oct 31, 2019 at 10:18 AM

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Big shout-out to all the extra Y Chromosome types who are so starved for attention that they feel an entitlement to block the front entrance and share with the driver their autobiography, snippets of life-affirming wisdom and observations about the state of the world. Shut the fuck up. Sit the fuck down.
—Ross A. Parksandrec
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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Public service announcement for all who bring strollers on the bus

Posted By on Tue, Oct 15, 2019 at 2:08 PM

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The world doesn't revolve around you, and neither should other passengers. Don't block the aisle with your baby—if I was a mean person I'd toss that thing on the street. The seats flip up not only for wheelchairs but for strollers, too. Get off your lazy ass and be aware of those around you. Tuck that monstrosity to the side and let others pass.
—I'm Going To Start Paper-cutting Mothers With My Bus Pass
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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Have that shit ready to go

Posted By on Wed, Aug 28, 2019 at 12:36 PM

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I'll never understand how people can stand at a bus stop for 15 minutes, and it's only when the bus has pulled up and opened its door that they think to start looking in their wallet, purse, backpack, etc. for their bus pass or change. It's like, what the hell were you thinking about for the past 15 minutes? What was going through your pea brain all that time? Then of course the bus driver, and everybody else on the bus, has to sit and wait for you to get your shit together and show your pass to the driver before we can move the fuck on to the next bus stop. Get your shit together and have that shit ready to go before the bus pulls up, and stop wasting everybody's time!
—Idiots Everywhere
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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

To the unfit mom on the #9

Posted By on Tue, Aug 6, 2019 at 1:33 PM

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I witnessed your hissy fit in front of a busload of passengers. I can't believe you would risk your child's safety and wellbeing by insisting he/she stay in that plastic car. The driver simply asked you to seat the child with you. You were rude, condescending and frankly abusive. The supervisor and driver were willing to continue downtown. Instead, you proceeded on a profanity laced tirade in front of your own and other kids—a busload of passengers.

Then you had to get abusive with the driver when you were called out on your reprehensible behaviour. What do think would've happened when you ordered him to drive? I would've walked off too, rather than endure your abuse. Any wonder the police finally escorted you off!

Here's a tip: You don't run things and no one owes you anything, you entitled snot. You're frankly an unfit mother and you set one hell of a poor example for your kids. If you don't like rules, then find your own way there. Just don't inflict your bullshit posturing on everybody else!
—Try 311 Next Time Instead Of Holding Everyone Up
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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

To those…

Posted By on Tue, Jul 23, 2019 at 3:12 PM

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…who leave the bus with a loud "thank you" to the numerous, obviously ill-behaved transit bus drivers, why? I wish I would hear more "fuck you mister bus driver!"s.
—Sad (Black, Duh) City Dweller
PS: I would post a rant directly to such drivers but I doubt I would get through to any of these rude, racist psychos tbh.
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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Pick at home and cover your mouth

Posted By on Tue, Jul 9, 2019 at 8:17 AM

Seriously? You believe the best place to pick at your fly bites and scabs is at the bus stop and on the bus? Not only were you picking—not scratching, but full on picking—your fly bites and scabs, but then you were wiping the blood onto your legs, arms and the bus seat. Come the hell on! How were you raised? No one wants to see that shit. It's disgusting. Then to top it all off you start sneezing with your yap wide open spreading your snot and spit all over the place for all to enjoy. Thanks so much for that. The topper to all of this was the huge wad of spit you graciously left on the side of the street before getting on the bus. Grow up and get some manners. I feel bad for whomever had to sit next to you on the bus.
—Wishing for some hand sanitizer
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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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