Halifax Transit's new manager of transit operations once made a promise to himself that he would never oversee transit in a major city, but said he couldn’t pass up this opportunity.
Mike Spicer has been the general manager of Guelph Transit, in southern Ontario, for the past 14-months after spending the previous nine years in Burlington.
Spicer said the offer to take on the role of manager of transit operations for Halifax Transit came out of left field.
“The opportunity that has been presented to me is something that I had to think long and hard about, but I am excited about it,” said Spicer.
“It’s a much larger system, which years ago I said I would never do, but all of the stuff I have heard, read and the research I did — it’s a really exciting time in Halifax right now.”
He is especially excited to be overseeing the ferry service in Halifax.
“I have never managed ferries before, so I am really looking forward to that. Even though I am not a boat person — that doesn’t matter — I still think it’s exciting,” said Spicer.
The final decision was a difficult one to make, said Spicer, but now that he has made it he is looking forward to the new challenge.
“I said to my staff...it’s not that I am leaving Guelph because of anything other than this is a great opportunity for me. I’m not really a selfish person, but this time I had to be,” he said.
Since he took the general manager position in Guelph in November of 2016, their transit system saw an uptick in ridership
Halifax Regional Municipality spokesperson Nick Ritcey said the manager of transit operations position has a salary range of $100,000 - $135,500.
Spicer’s first day on the job with Halifax Transit is Feb. 5.