Here's the kicker: The deal they agreed to was the one that was presented on the first day of the strike!
Another kicker: No buses will be on the roads for another week. They've sat so long that they all need safety checks and maintenance before they'll be allowed on the road.
Another kicker: Full service (which includes my express bus to the suburb of Kanata) won't be restored for at least two weeks, and may take up to two months, depending on the safety checks and required maintenance.
But at least the end is in sight, and people can start getting back to normal. This has been mentally tough on me, and while I've been very fortunate to have good and consistent carpools, it's really worn me down. It will be nice to have some freedom back, rather than being restricted by the hours of the carpool.
Now I think the city needs to aim for making this an essential service. So many jobs and so much business was lost through all this, and the stories of hardship are amazing. Here's a few that really shook me:
- The 60yr old woman that walked 12hrs a day (in -30C weather) to get to and from work.
- People unable to get to the dentist for serious work because of the lack of transportation.
- Car dealers selling cars for $1 to charities so they can still help those in need.
- A woman getting off welfare with a new job...but she can't get to it.
These are just a few of the hardships that people have had to bear. All for better driver schedules and better pay...in a time where jobs are being cut in all sectors all across North America. What the hell were they thinking?!?
But I must admit that I'm happy it's over. I won't miss the extra commute time, the $13/day for parking, the restricted hours, and the loss of freedom. And even though I won't get my bus service back for a couple of weeks yet, I'm glad it's over.