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How Perth is coping with the loss of bus 106

Rest in peace, old friend.

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It’s a sad time in Perth, and not because I just ran out of Pringles or because there are limited episodes of The Bachelorette left.

As a new Facebook page that has sprung up attests, the 106 bus route has officially died. It’s dead as a dodo, and — apparently — will be sorely missed.

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For those of you privileged enough who never  tagged on for the adventure that is public transport, the 106 bus would make the hectic journey all the way along the Canning Highway to Fremantle Station.

The tribute seems to have been kicked off by a post from Dylan James, who quickly got more than 2000 likes and plenty of shares for his eulogy for a bus route.

But others have quickly chimed in. We don’t quite know why either, but as far as we can tell, here are 10 good reasons to mourn the loss of the 106.

1. It has been replaced by the ‘910’, which obviously doesn’t have the same ring to it. “Anyone catching the 910 after school?” No, forget about it. Stop trying to make the 910 happen, it’s not going to happen.

2. It was WAY better than the 158, despite all of its flaws that saw many students being tossed to the side, school bags flying and multiriders falling from pockets.

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Been there, Elle Slattery

3. It united private school girls and boys across the state, carrying lads from Aquinas, Wesley and Trinity, and girls from Mercedes and Iona on a journey of love and friendship. Finally, a chance to meet a person of the opposite sex!

4. It liked to keep the mystery in your relationship alive by playing hard to get.

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Thank you for this loving memory, Chantal Perich

5. When the 501 failed, you could always rely on the 106.

6. We don’t know who the ‘comb-over twins’ are either, but we hope they’re handling the news.

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Grace Allan & Caitlin Meade – we’re here for you in this rough time

7. Some people believe it was the sole inspiration for a classic rock hit.

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Some kind words from Hayley Urquhart

8. Apparently you could score a free ride by all crowding around the smart-rider machine shouting, “TAG ME ON!” and make beeping sounds to fool the bus driver.

9. It was the ideal place for school kids to get together every single day and swap ringtones over Bluetooth on the way home.

10. The bus would pass 3 McDonald’s, 2 Hungry Jack’s and 2 KFC’s on its route. You could have had enough fast food to make a sequel to Super Size Me on one bus trip alone.

To show your support and reminisce, get some support from the Facebook page where you can swap stories about the time the bus was late and your mum was mad and you weren’t allowed to have a Paddle Pop after dinner.

https://www.facebook.com/bringbackthe106/timeline

RIP, 106.

RIP, 106.

Go on.

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How Perth is coping with the loss of bus 106