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Monday, October 26, 2009

Metro Transit Sucks

Posted on Mon, Oct 26, 2009 at 7:51 AM

I always try to support public transport in any city, whether I live there or am just visiting, but I really, really hate Halifax's Metro Transit. I am so tired of waiting at bus stops without shelters in the freezing cold and dark for 30-40 minutes on a main street with several other equally miserable souls. In other cities the main streets have bus routes that run every 10-15 minutes.

I hate arriving at the Dartmouth Bus Terminal on the 1 Spring Garden from Halifax to see the bus I need pulling out at the same time. Some days it is there til I can get on it, some days it is not. The days I miss the bus I hate standing at the Terminal, in the freezing cold and rain, watching 9-10 Out of Service busses pull in. I want to know where Out of Service is, because it's the only place busses go after 6:30pm.

I also hate standing at the bus terminal and having cigarette smoke blown in my face. I try to stand at the far ends of the terminal, but on rainy and windy days huddling in the shelters is really the only option. And in the shelters people smoke, despite the No Smoking signs, and I have to breath it in. It's disgusting, especially when the bus finally arrives and a smoker decides to sit beside you, stinking up the whole bus. Surely it is your "right" to smoke when and where you want, but you stink, look stupid, and are disgusting in general.

---Moving back to California, where at least you stay warm waiting for the bus

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