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Monday, January 14, 2019

Tank you!

Posted By on Mon, Jan 14, 2019 at 1:52 PM

To the random chick on Barrington Street at around 1pm today: Thanks for actually stopping to help when I epically face-planted because Mother Nature likes ice in winter. It was really kind and I appreciate it! Please continue to be a kind genuine human being (there is not enough out there).
—Epically clumsy
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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

I did the math

Posted By on Tue, Dec 4, 2018 at 4:20 PM

I understand there are things that could be fixed with Halifax Transit, but I also think we should take a step back and look at what we have. For a $78, full-price monthly pass, you can go wherever the buses go, which means: to work and back (if you are employed), to the waterfront, Point Pleasant Park, the Public Gardens, the Salt Marsh trail, the Bluff Wilderness trail, Herring Cove, all kinds of beautiful areas. You can even ride on a boat to go between Dartmouth and Halifax. A freaking boat! The views are amazing on both sides and it has got to be the coolest mode of transportation to an urban core. For an extra buck you can go to the airport (a taxi is over $50 more expensive, one way) or Porter's Lake! Man, the streets in this town are not the widest and there are more and more apartment buildings going up, which means more cars every year on the peninsula. The transit system is a fraction of the cost of owning a vehicle. Seriously, take five minutes: add car payments, insurance, maintenance, winter tires, gas of course, parking and see for yourself. Sure, you might wait for a late bus, but you are also saving up for a down payment on a house at twice the speed, if you ditch your car! And instead of white-knuckling your morning drive you can relax and read or listen to your music. Even crush some serious candy. I love Halifax Transit! —There, I said it
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Monday, November 19, 2018

Bus angel

Posted By on Mon, Nov 19, 2018 at 12:12 PM

Friday—the day we got nailed by Mother Nature—you came along Spring Garden Road in your shiny bus and 'rescued' a group of people standing by a bus stop. You suggested we all get in because even you weren't sure when the next bus was coming. We climbed in and you made sure no one was left behind. Also, I noticed that you made sure the transfers you gave were valid until 2:00 pm. Now I don't know if that was you or a general policy during storms but I am sure many were grateful—as I am for your kindness and skill maneuvering those slippery streets! Hope you made it home yourself alright and thank you for being a ray of sunshine on a stormy day!
—Bus rider in the storm
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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

To the bikers

Posted By on Tue, Jun 12, 2018 at 12:00 PM

To all the bikers riding through the rain and single digit temperatures last Tuesday, well done. You're inspiring. —Bikers In The Red Shoes

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Friday, January 5, 2018

This is the road to hell

Posted By on Fri, Jan 5, 2018 at 1:59 PM

The driver of the last #72 out of Burnside on weather bomb day did a fantastic job of both driving in nasty conditions AND informing passengers that it would be the last run, asking where they were headed and generally informing and reassuring them about getting home. I know a lot of people were probably inconvenienced by H^lif^x Tr^nsit's decision to suspend service at 4pm. But this young man was a consummate professional and exemplar of service under trying conditions. Much appreciated. —C
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Monday, November 20, 2017

Facilitated crossing

Posted By on Mon, Nov 20, 2017 at 12:27 PM

Big kudos to the ferryman who, tonight, held the door at the stroke of nine for us straggling post-parade Dartmouthians.  Extra thanks to Transit for the free ferry too! —Harbour Hopper

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Route 9 saviour

Posted By on Tue, Apr 25, 2017 at 12:00 PM

To the very thoughtful woman on the route 9 on Friday who saved my 14-year-old daughter  "Ashley" from the really creepy guy.  His small talk was clearly making her uncomfortable and you jumped in with "Hey Ashley! Come sit with me,” pretending that you guys were old friends, when actually you had never seen her before in your life.  I say thank you so very, very much for making her one day a week bus ride much more bearable.  —A very grateful dad

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

#7 bus driver

Posted By on Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 4:04 PM

Thank you for picking me up after the McKay shuttle drove right past me and catching up to it so I could get on! You're the best! —Grateful bus rider

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Gaggle of people on the bus

Posted By on Wed, Mar 1, 2017 at 12:32 PM

Was I slightly disappointed I didn't make my connection? Not after the most smiles I have ever seen on Halifax Transit. Yes, I am speaking of Syrian refugees. Strollers, hats, mitts, whatever...Smiles! Made me feel more proud to be a Canadian. —nice bus ride

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Monday, December 19, 2016

Bus love

Posted on Mon, Dec 19, 2016 at 9:34 AM

I am a big fan of the voice on the busses. Not because I don't know  were to get off. I like it because it has drastically cut down on the loud talking people having pointless conversations they think everyone wants to hear. Is soon as they start yakking, the voice cuts them off. I love it! —Love the sound of that female robot voice
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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Bus driver

Posted on Tue, Oct 11, 2016 at 4:00 AM

Sending a big happy face to the very handsome number 7 bus driver that puts a big smile on my face every morning!! —Bus driver
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Friday, August 26, 2016

Car kindness

Posted on Fri, Aug 26, 2016 at 4:00 AM

This town is not very bike friendly, but you are! Thank you for reassuring me that I wasn't doing anything wrong at the light that wouldn't change, and for letting me “piggy back” next to your car through the intersection. Many blessings to you! —Cyclist
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Monday, July 18, 2016

Yoouu looook…marvelous. No, seriously, it looks good on you

Posted on Mon, Jul 18, 2016 at 4:00 AM

Stop at the curb.

Look both ways before and during crossing.

Step down off of the curb and stop there.

Start crossing.

Don’t assume that the drivers and their cars will stop. Drivers can be distracted and cars can malfunction.

Watch the cars in oncoming traffic, make eye contact with them and make sure they are stopped before stepping out.

Raise your hand, palm out, to show that you noticed them and to offer a small thanks.

Pay more attention to the real world than a book or the virtual world, when crossing the street, because the real world can and will hit you dead in the face. Literally.

Don’t get me wrong, in no way do I like the idea of or want someone getting hurt, crippled or dead in a vehicle accident.


Didn’t do all that? Congratulations, you might be hurt, crippled or dead. Additionally, if the human race is lucky enough, you’ve just won a Darwin award. Simply because you couldn’t take the time (maybe 30 seconds to a minute, at the most) to save a life.

This is for all the individuals who have been hit crossing a street, especially when they weren’t paying attention to the world around them or any car drivers who have hit someone when they also didn’t pay attention to the world; it looks good on you. Seriously, being that predictably stupid, suicidal/homicidal and overtly uncaring makes you look marvelous.

And for the parents who have been hit, it makes it even better. The reason it is better is because you have probably been teaching your offspring the very rules mentioned above and then you go about proving that those rules really shouldn’t be followed. In essence, you just proved that a supposedly trusted person has been lying to them, especially considering all the other times you have broken those very same rules in their perception.

If you are choosing to do something to increase the odds of killing yourself or of killing someone else on any road, while ignoring the proof showing that such a thing will happen, you are suicidal/homicidal, very violence-minded or just being very predictably stupid (these just had to be repeated). So for any of those reasons, if you are dead, you’ve just slightly gotten rid of someone who is (more than likely) damaging to society’s mental state.

As for the predictable stupidity, thinking that something with a greater, mass density and velocity can violate the laws of physics to stop on a dime or that a force field goes up the minute you step off the curb/hit a crosswalk button really shows your level of knowledge and wisdom, doesn’t it? In essence, you have been doing something thinking that you are immortal and/or invincible.

Uncaring? Guess what? You just proved that you don’t care about your own life, your friends’ and family’s feelings or the lives and feelings of a driver, their friends and their families. Not entirely, of course, just at the time that you might be in a dangerous life threatening situation and since people have died, yes, it is just that. Actually...sorry. That is my error, you do care about them, but probably only virtually. Once again, congratulations. It looks good on you. —futrethink

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Thank you big blue work boats

Posted on Tue, Jul 12, 2016 at 4:00 AM

Many thanks to the big blue work boats that dock at the Armdale Yacht Club and travel out to the harbour along the Northwest Arm in the mornings. You are always very considerate to us rowers, keeping your wake to a minimum. Someone in a single rowing shell has only a couple of inches of freeboard so this is much appreciated. —One of the oarsome people
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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Crosswalk flags on Leeds

Posted on Thu, Mar 31, 2016 at 4:00 AM

So nice to see something done about the speeders on Leeds Street—yes, talking to you students/staff at NSCC! First they put up the speed tracker at the corner of Robie and Leeds (personally, I think they should have put it up at the crosswalk, but that's just me), and now they put the flags up for people crossing at the crosswalk. Hopefully the drivers will see the flags and realize they should respect the speed limit. Many kids from the elementary school and lots of NSCC students crossing from the bus stop. Nice to see the steps to making that road safer! —Junebug
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