Park those double-decker buses
Re: Three dead in double-decker bus crash at Westboro Station, 23 others injured, Jan. 12.
While we do not yet know the situation and chain of events that caused this terrible tragedy, we do know that the structure that was hit and is situated all along the transitway and in other high-volume areas was a major contributing factor. It would have been reasonable to expect that a double-decker bus could be pushed, drive into or collide with these structures at mid-window upper level, thereby risking the lives of those passengers riding at the upper level.All double-decker buses should be parked until these structures are made structurally safe for possible collisions, regardless of the cause. Carol Rose, Nepean
These buses are unstable
Another catastrophic crash with loss of life involving a double-decker bus. The double-decker bus may work well in slow-winding and fair-weathered London; but an over-packed, non-snowtired, unstable bus hurtling at high speed down a wintered transitway with possible “black ice” is not worth the risk to life.Let’s put safety and the lives of our citizens first, introduce snow tires for all buses, and take those double-decker buses off the transitway, as the risk of failure is too great. Len Tucker, Westboro
Can local probe be independent?
Until the full investigation of the tragedy at Westboro is complete, is it not incumbent upon OC Transpo to withdraw all double-decker buses from the transitway? Until it is known what caused the bus to hit the overhang at the station, surely it is not safe to continue the service.Can a probe by the Ottawa Police Service (an agency of the City of Ottawa) into the operations of OC Transpo (also an agency of the city) be 100 per cent independent? Safety is the utmost concern. Geoff Radnor, Ottawa
Review design of transit station
I am a designer, and it would be apparent to anyone with my skills, such as architects and engineers, on viewing the crash scene photos, that this crash was caused by very bad conception and design.Sadly, the driver is already being blamed for something that could happen with this type of two-level bus. It is quite outrageous that this driver is being scapegoated for the design of this passenger station which probably should have never been approved, let alone been constructed. William Fox, Toronto News of the latest bus crash came to me as absolutely no surprise. The overall speeds of Transpo buses have always been excessive, especially in built-up areas, based on maximizing bang for the buck, with no room for ice or error, and seemingly with the full approval of riders.After living in Ottawa on and off for more than two decades, in which time I took OC Transpo often, I am amazed I was never involved in a bus crash. I’m now in a small village far from a big city, and am thankful for the life-saving change.Bob Mosurinjohn, Lakefield, Ont.
Tougher driver supervision needed Re: Bus driver in Friday’s crash alleged to have been in prior collisions, Jan. 14.
The record of the driver involved in last week’s tragedy points to a need for more stringent oversight. Two previous accidents and additional training still culminated in three deaths and 23 injuries, many serious.A more stringent driver-competence policy (or policy enforcement) for new drivers might have averted this horrible event, and averted the massive costs of settlements with victims. Brian Boyd, Orléans
A sign at the OC Transpo park-and-ride at Eagleson Road Monday contains information for those who might need counselling.
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