Fairview Pointe-Claire bus stop change called 'dangerous'
STM says safety of temporary stops was taken into consideration
Commuters in Montreal's West Island say changes to the stops of a popular bus route at the Fairview Pointe-Claire terminus are putting them in danger.
The changes saw stops for the 470 express route temporarily moved from the terminus off the street to Brunswick Boulevard in order to accommodate new articulated buses, which are too long for the docks. The 470 bus runs between Fairview and the Côte-Vertu terminus.
Traffic on busy Brunswick Boulevard is a concern for some commuters, as is the fact the new stops are exposed to the wind and cold.
"When I have to walk out here, it's absolutely the worst thing," Kyra Engels told CBC News.
Engels said she has to navigate traffic and icy sidewalks to reach the new stop.
Her feelings are echoed by fellow commuter Nickie Balasunduran.
“There are buses and cars passing by and it is really dangerous for everyone,” she said.
Alain Labelle, a spokesman for Montreal’s transit authority, assured commuters that safety was taken into consideration when the STM relocated the stops.
"Every bus stop, when we plan the bus stop, they are validated from a security point of view," said Labelle.
He said the stops will return to the terminus once the docks are lengthened. That work is likely to take place next summer.