An excerpt from a previous post. Seems appropriate right now.
Thunder Bay Transit first announced the installation of these shelters back in ummmm July 16. That is over four (update: seven now) months ago. Yes…..four (seven) months ago.
With winter being a real shitty time to be standing around, out in the open, waiting for a bus, I might have thought there was some urgency on Thunder Bay Transit’s part, to get as many shelters installed BEFORE the cold weather set in. Especially busy locations. Locations where there are always people waiting. Locations served by several routes.
But noooooooooooo. Not in Thunder Bay. To paraphrase Ralph Klein, Let those bus-riding bastards freeze in the dark. The motto of Thunder Bay Transit. Hope to see it on the sides of the baby carriage bus soon. You know, the bus with fewer seats than other buses. The buses that they had to add arm rests ( at extra cost no doubt) to the fold down seats so people would not fly around the bus like rag dolls.
I bet Brad Loroff, Transit Manager, does not take a bus to and from work. I bet Brad Loroff does not take a bus to buy groceries. I bet Brad Loroff doesn’t have to freeze in the dark waiting for a bus. Nope. I believe he has a car.
Transit operators threatened to shutdown the system and they got their money. What threat do transit customers have to get the promised shelters built? None. They have no power at all.
Transit customers just have to take what they are given…and be thankful they even get that.
Imagine what kind of public transit system Thunder Bay could have if even a fraction of the planned $106 million taxpayer giveaway was pointed in that direction?