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Fisher Mills, Melran Detours Due to Safety Concerns


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GRT has the following document linked accessible through their home page: http://grt.ca/web/transit.nsf/$All/5D...doc?openelement

The document reads:

Due to safety concerns raised by our operators, Route 65 Fisher Mills and Route 71 Melran will continue to operate on a detour routing until further notice.

Does anyone know what exactly these safety concerns are? This is dated 2008. Is this detour still in place?

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Well it seems that those "detour routings" are now permanant routings. To my knowledge, these routes have been on "detour" since they first began operating when Hespeler routes were restructured back in 2002 or 2003 !!

Those routes have been on "detour" since about January 2008, that's all. No great panic to put them back since there is a pending re-design of Hespeler routes anyway.

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What are the safety concerns raised by the operators?

Queen between Adam & Tannery was way too narrow with parking on both sides. In 3 years there were FORTY incidents involving GRT buses, mostly mirror hits, on this one block of road. Naturally GRT management didn't see a problem and it took an OHSA work refusal to get the buses out of there.

Now that parking has been removed from one side it would not be a problem, but the 3 year old work refusal is outstanding and has to be dealt with before any GRT buses can use that road. That's just the way the law works.

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Queen between Adam & Tannery was way too narrow with parking on both sides. In 3 years there were FORTY incidents involving GRT buses, mostly mirror hits, on this one block of road. Naturally GRT management didn't see a problem and it took an OHSA work refusal to get the buses out of there.

Now that parking has been removed from one side it would not be a problem, but the 3 year old work refusal is outstanding and has to be dealt with before any GRT buses can use that road. That's just the way the law works.

Not really a detour then, eh? More like a route re-design. Silly it appears as a detour on their site.

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