Bus-stop changes cause for concern: rider

Anthony Abbondanza
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Changes in bus stops make riding more dangerous, Pierrefonds man says

As of Monday, several bus stops were relocated at Fairview and Cote Vertu terminuses.

Julian Rodriguez is a regular public transit user, and rides the Montreal Transit Corp.'s 470 bus from the Cote-Vertu terminus to Fairview Pointe Claire for his daily commute.

Since Monday, however, the Pierrefonds resident has been affected by one among many recent bus stop relocations at the two terminuses made by the STM; the 470 is now only accessible via Brunswick Boulevard as opposed to its former Fairview terminus bus stop.

It’s a change he contended has become a safety hazard for pedestrians walking to and from the boulevard.

“With the ring-road being busy when the mall is open, I don’t know what to expect with all the cars and buses and pedestrians,” said Julian Rodriguez.

To transfer from bus 470 onto a local route, users will have to enter Fairview’s Brunswick Boulevard entrance and cross an unorthodox and rather lengthy intersection that includes two-way traffic in two separate directions, four stop signs and a crosswalk – which Rodriguez said  isn’t always respected.

“Drivers don’t always wait for you to cross the crosswalk. Or, they’re confused because of the distance between the stop signs in the intersection,” said Rodriguez.

To further the problem, the intersection is seeing more foot traffic than ever as a 60-foot, elongated bus, also known as the Novabus LFS Artic, is being used for the 470 express route.

According to the STM, however, the changes were carefully evaluated months before being implemented.

"We never change things just to change them. These are things we’ve carefully evaluated. We looked at the area and made sure of the safety of everyone would not be compromised" Isabelle Tremblay, spokesperson for the STM

“We never change things just to change them. These are things we’ve carefully evaluated. We looked at the area and made sure of the safety of everyone would not be compromised,” said Isabelle Tremblay, an STM spokesperson.

The Jan. 6 transit changes include the relocation of the 217 route bus stop (direction Anse a L’Orme) located at the corner of St. John’s and Brunswick Boulevard to inside the Fairview Terminus, alleviating traffic headed for the Trans-Canadian Highway.

At Cote Vertu Terminus, the 470 bus stop was relocated to a longer bay along Gohier Street to accommodate the bus.

“I personally feel that moving the stop there will solve a growing problem regarding long line-ups, crowds into other bus stop bays and line-up jumping onto the 470 which sometimes brings up AMT security officials to manage crowd control,” said Rodriguez.

Also, the bus stop for the 468 route (direction Pierrefonds-Gouin), which travels along Grenet Street and Gouin Boulevard to the Roxboro-Pierrefonds Train Station has been moved to Decarie Boulevard.

Other routes affected include buses 17, 174, and the 216. For more information on the bus stop relocations, visit www.stm.info.

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Organizations: Montreal Transit, Trans-Canadian Highway, Roxboro-Pierrefonds Train Station

Geographic location: Pierrefonds, Brunswick Boulevard, Fairview Gohier Street Grenet Street Decarie Boulevard

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