from what i was told by some supervisor & driver friends that,yeah, they only wanted to "pause" the buses, wait out the worst of the winds & snow, but, not remove all service in any way, but the storm just got so bad, with drivers reporting near jackknifing of several of the artics, the decision was made, to shut down, it was really confirmed when police advised them that they, themselves were even having issues, it became a serious safety issue, so buses were pulled at that point..
I personally know of 12 people that were stranded by this, one of my close friends was at work, she is legally blind & ended up without enough food for her guide dog, she didnt make it home till the next day, but she was a lucky one, as she works very close to one of the major hotels, & her boss sent all 19 staff to stay in the hotel.
another guy I know, is mentally challenged he worked at the sobey's I used to live near & use a lot, we got to be great friends, (he loved helping us in the store, to find stuff) he was nearly stranded, but took it upon himself to try to walk home (he lives about a 25 minute walk away, & does the walk all the time in good weather) he was reported as missing, by his over anxious family, (he got a ride with a friend who works at the Burger King near the store, when they saw him walking on Main Street)
Another very close friend, works at the motel on Windmill, she lives about a 30 min walk from work, mostly uphill, she put out on FB that she was planning on trying the walk home in the middle of the storm, I called her right away & told her what I saw on the webcams & what driver friends had told me about the conditions, I also told her that if she did, she was crazy, & was risking her life for no good reason, she finally 25 minutes later after a barrage of messages from friends on her FB stayed at work, slept there that night, did her next shift thwn went home, on a nice warm 51/53..
My old area was in really bad shape, the 10's stopped going up into the westphal (kennedy, Calidonia/Iverly/Strath) area early on in the storm, due to the whiteouts, severe drifting of snow & ice, as well as the 54, both were turned back at main & woodlawn, it was crazy bad, one of my friends was driving the route, (thats how I knew it was bad, as he sent me pics with his iphone.)
I heard on FB, from several friends & saw pictures,of various areas, as well as checking out the various webcams, that it was bad, but one tweet from a close friend, made me realize how bad it was, ("sitting here at the loop, cant see the water, cant see the end of the parking lot") he was on the 9.
So yeah, it was definitely warranted of pulling ALL service, I really think that MT did ok, by all the tweets, mentions on the local radio, & as well as the 311 service actually had a few brains this time. (yeah, I loathe 311, due to many issues)
its amazing news, so glad it passed, I know before I left that I had spoken extensively with Jennifer, Gloria, Mike, & several others, also had attended every MT public session I could, as well as all the accessibility meetings & all the ATAC meetings till I quit, as well as many open sessions afterwords..
even comparing the maps of where transit is, & the base HRM maps, you really see what a sadly designed system it really is, I'm hoping to keep in touch as I have been with many of the people I got to know in HRM, in city hall & beyond, as I LOVE HRM, I miss the Darkside horribly & its a very special place to me.
Both the AVAS & the Counting system are desperately needed, I think after the uproar those of us on ATAC & members of the blind community created as well as the deaf community, we really kicked some heads rolling at the accessibility meetings, also when Mr Savage got on board & after CNIB got its collective head outta its rear-end & with the AEBC, CCB & NFB chapters got EXTREMELY vocal & demanded Council deal with the situation BEFORE 2015 (that was the original test start date) we really got councils attention & approval & dedicated funding.
I say we, because it took over 70 blind people calling, tweeting, emailing & literally slapping council members up the side of their collective heads verbally, to get get anything done, we figured out that the new head of MT operations, didnt care, his attitude as well as his chief route/schedule planner, were so apathetic, that we knew they weren't going to do squat, so we went over them..
I worked on this right up until I left, even after getting back to ontario, I have not let up, have kept very closely in touch with many in the advocacy realm in HRM, as we have to fight for decent transit & to stop the absurd mentality that transit is just for the 'needy' in society,.
With the deeply entrenched car culture in HRM, its gonna be a long fight, but those of us that are disabled & love HRM & rely on transit everyday, are more than up for it.
Blame the lack of caring on the ""must have car"" & Car Culture attitude of most in the HRM, & the Maritimes in general.
want proof, look at the way transit HQ is for the most part, look at many other transit systems, look at the length of strikes, look at the super laid back attitude & the 'oh well, someone else will do it, mentality of most bus passengers & disabled people in the Maritimes, I saw it constantly, it drove me NUTS, to have so little fight in people, so little want to make things better..
I got so pissed off, hearing people in HRM & the Maritimes, whine that they never got fair treatment by the feds, or by the rest of the country, never got equal funding for stuff or lost so many jobs, its BECAUSE they never got off their collective rear-ends, & really fought for their rights & needs, nor do they have the killer instinct, that they need to succeed, people & governments are NOT going to just hand you things, you have to go out there & FIGHT FOR WHAT YOU WANT!
I got called a B*%^& so many times, because I was not willing to bend over & take it up the rear, I fought every step of the way, for everything we got, everything I needed, I never just laid back & let the world use me as a punching bag, there is NO reason for the people of the Maritimes & the people of Dartmouth, to do it either, so many times I heard people say, "i cant change what then government does to us, we cant fight alberta for the jobs we are losing, our economy is going to crap, we are too small to fight the west & ontario,"
oh hell no, you arent, I asked people if they truly cared about NS, or did they just want to end up like another detroit.. cause with a poor me. woe is me attitude, its going to happen.
I love NS & the HRM, but especially Dartmouth, with every ounce of my soul, its truly changed me, in ways I cant explain, it is my "HOME", when I die, I want to be buried there, I love Nova Scotia, with so much passion that it hurt like hell to leave.