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Work is well underway at Meteghan River where the new ferry is being built by A.F. Theriault & Son Ltd

A boat by any other name is still not accessible…

Work is well underway at Meteghan River where the new ferry is being built by A.F. Theriault & Son Ltd

Work is well underway at Meteghan River where the new ferry is being built by A.F.

Theriault & Son Ltd

Our new ferry is currently under construction, and the call is out for citizens to vote on a name for it.

I’m excited to see some real diversity in the choices this time round, and I’m lobbying for my suggestion of Maxine Tynes. (But I think I’d be equally as happy with Raymond Taavel or Ruth Goldbloom.)

While I applaud Halifax Transit for including the public in the naming, I’m wondering if we’re being left out of a more important process: the design of the new ferry.

Halifax Transit has the opportunity to get feedback from the public on what is right, and wrong, with the design of The Christopher Stannix, last year’s addition to the fleet, but so far, no one has asked.

Many people have chimed in on social media that the seats on The Stannix are incredibly uncomfortable, and cyclists have expressed that more bike racks are needed.

And from an accessibility standpoint, the boat gets a big thumbs down. (Check out this blog post: New Halifax Ferry Is Terrible.)

Halifax Transit has the opportunity to make improvements this time round. Wouldn’t it be great if they asked us what we need?

Hello Dartmouth

About Kate Watson

Kate Watson is a co-founder and contributing editor of Hello Dartmouth. Her day jobs include: The Coast’s theatre reviewer; freelance writer for regional and national publications; coordinator for the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award. Kate has a keen interest in municipal politics, community-building and twitter. (Follow her @DartmouthKate)

Website: hellodartmouth.ca

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