5 taken to hospital after Rapibus crash in Gatineau
$255M overhaul of public transportation routes got first weekday commute test Monday morning
Five people were taken to hospital as a precaution after a crash between a Rapibus bus and a car that failed to stop at a red light Monday morning, police say.
The crash happened at the intersection of the Rapibus corridor and Breadner Street in Hull just after 6 a.m., police in Gatineau, Que., said.
There were 35 people on the bus at the time.
Five people with minor injuries were taken to hospital as a precaution, police said.
The driver of the car had failed to stop at a red light while heading east on Breadner Street. He was issued a ticket with a fine for $161 and lost three demerit points, police said.
The car had to be towed and traffic in the area was delayed for about an hour.
Overhauled system launched Saturday
The new Rapibus system, the city’s overhauled public transportation system, opened Saturday with a weekend of free bus service in Gatineau.
The new system includes a bus, called the Rapibus, which travels along a dedicated 12-kilometre corridor from Labrosse Boulevard in the city’s east end to Alexandre-Taché Boulevard near the Ottawa River.
Gatineau’s transit authority is changing all routes in Gatineau, Cantley, Masson-Angers and Buckingham so they filter to the main Rapibus path.
This eliminates express route buses while regular routes take riders to Rapibus stations.
High-frequency 'red' route to Ottawa
There is also a new high-frequency “red” route for passengers heading to downtown Ottawa that uses reserved lanes along des Allumettières and Maisonneuve boulevards.
There should only be one connection from a resident’s home to a Rapibus station, according to the transit authority, and half of riders will have faster travel times.
Officials add another third will have the same travel time and some will be left with longer travel times.
In total, the new bus system cost the City of Gatineau about $255 million.