On Sunday, June 28, new OC Transpo summer schedules begin, along with route improvements and adjustments to routes travelling along a section of the Transitway, which will close between Blair and Hurdman Stations for construction of the O-Train Confederation Line.
Shortly after the Via Rail-OC Transpo bus crash that claimed six lives north of Barrhaven, the Citizen’s Kelly Egan and The Bulldog both came out the same day wondering why the City of Ottawa had not immediately taken safety measures at the Transitway crossing where the tragedy happened.
For that, Mayor Jim Watson dubbed Egan and The Bulldog knee-jerks. Instead he argued that we should concentrate on the friends and relatives of the victims, giving them support.
Something is wrong with the Via Rail level crossing at Woodroffe Avenue just north of Barrhaven.
Obviously the alarm bells went off when six people were killed in an OC Transpo-Via Rail collision at the site last year. The Transportation Safety Board is looking into that incident and we look forward to its report soon.
Nothing has gripped this community recently more than the fatal crash of an OC Transpo double-decker bus into a VIA Rail train on Woodroffe Avenue north of Barrhaven.
The crash resulted in six deaths and more than 30 injuries.
The Transportation Safety Board has ruled out problems with the train or signals leaving the road configuration and the city-operated bus as causes of the accident.
The question on the lips of politicians and public servants alike is when will the TSB report be released? Depending on what the report says, it could determine the futures of a number of people on Laurier Avenue, including the mayor.
Mayor Jim Watson today announced his support for Bill C-533, recently tabled by the Member of Parliament for Wascana, Honourable Ralph Goodale, as well as Bill C-402 presented by the Member of Parliament for Burnaby—New Westminster, Peter Julian.
The accident resulted in six deaths and more than 30 injuries.
Bulldog Ottawa is also hopeful the TSB will discuss the issue concerning whether the City of Ottawa should have built a grade separation at the Transitway-train level crossing after the release of a 2010 report on the issue.
We want the mayor to tell immediately the short-term or temporary measures he is taking so that the events of last week cannot be repeated. The mayor, properly, has said his people are looking into long-term changes in procedures and structures to ensure passenger safety.
Now it is time for the city, which operates OC Transpo, and VIA Rail to take immediate action to see that safety measure are immediately implemented so that Ottawa commuters and intercity train passengers are completely safe as they travel.