Halifax Seniors Pray for End to Transit Strike

Transit strikes present a nasty woe to city dwellers. People without cars depend on mass transit to provide quick trips across town at a reasonable price. Seniors are particularly susceptible to the difficulties of transit labour problems.

In Halifax, NS, seniors are feeling depressed amongst 55,000 commuters who have lost bus or ferry service after more than 700 transit workers went on strike on Feb. 2.

Sandy Brine, who lives in a Halifax residence, told the cbcnews Nova Scotia: "It's depressing." "I feel like I'm in jail, can't get out, can't see my friends that I see in the bus, see in the mall."

Alma Marsman told the media source: "They even prayed in church yesterday for the buses to come back." She added, "I'm not a person to sit down and not go nowhere and I'm getting on the computer. That's not good."

Halifax seniors are very disappointed because they've advocated against the transit/City intransigence that sets into these stalemates.

"I really miss the bus," Joan Richardson told cbcnews Nova Scotia. "I had an appointment for the doctor's today — I couldn't go because I couldn't take no  cab," she said. "I'm praying every night that the bus strike will be over soon, before I go nuts," she told the media source.

Retailers are also having problems getting their employees into work but have had some of success with carpooling.

Many Assisted Living and Continuing Care residences depent on public transport, and have been constructed on main transit arteries.