Transit strike makes commuting difficult for students

The Metro Transit strike has made commuting difficult for many university students.

By Lucie Edwardson

Dal students John Thompson and Dimitri Galatis may have to resort to hitchhiking if the transit strike continues (Lucie Edwardson photo)

The Metro Transit strike has made commuting difficult for many university students who have had to find alternative ways to get around. Some students say that it has made getting to school quite the task.

“I used to joke about being stranded in Fairview,” John Thompson, a second year microbiology student at Dalhousie says. “Now, it’s quite often a reality.”

Thompson and roommate Dimitri Galatis say that the strike has been making getting to school stressful. They must rely on others to step up and help them with rides or they have a long, cold 45 minute walk to campus.

“I had eggs for hand warmers, boiled eggs,” says Galatis, who would have walked to school in the freezing weather on Monday had someone not stepped up to offer him a ride.

Galatis and Thompson accredit big personalities and the fact that they are both from the Annapolis Valley as the main reasons why they have been so fortunate with rides.

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“If I wasn’t outgoing I don’t think it would be as easy to get rides. Also, I have friends and family here. If I wasn’t from around here it would be more difficult, for sure,” says Galatis.

Thompson says that not being able to hang out with friends on weekends is the hardest part of living so far away without a bus.

“We usually rely on the bus 100 per cent. Next thing you know, we’ll be hitchhiking” says Thompson.

John Thompson and Dimitri Galatis talk about their struggle during the Metro Transit strike
John Thompson Dimitri Galatis comment on the Metro Transit strike

Neil MacIntyre, a fourth year political science student at Dalhousie, drives to school every day. MacIntyre says that the strike has caused problems for him as well.

“Parking at Dal was already an issue before the strike,” says MacIntyre. “I don’t have a Dal or King’s parking pass, so now that all the other spots are being used as well, it’s made finding somewhere to park impossible.”

Jonathan Ryder-Burbidge and Liam Hollett explain the struggles they’ve experienced due to the strike
Jonathan Ryder-Burbidge and Liam Hollett explain the struggles they’ve experienced due to the strike

MacIntyre, who lives with his family in Dartmouth, says the strike has been hard on his parents as well.
“My parents work in downtown Halifax. They usually take the bus because parking is expensive, so it’s made commuting for them a bit annoying,” says MacIntyre. “They have been carpooling with our neighbour a lot though because she has a spot.”

Jonathan Ryder-Burbidge and Liam Hollett live a 30 minute walk from campus. Although they have been walking quite often since the strike, they have found doing other things in their daily routine much harder without the bus.

“The grocery store is definitely an issue,” says Hollett.