With this week’s serious collision on the transitway still fresh in commuters’ memories, it was interesting to read OC Transpo chief Alain Mercier’s memo to the Transit Commision concerning the Tuesday afternoon accident.
Mercier rightly points out that with 60 million kimometers driven annually by OC drivers, such incidents are still very rare. That’s quite true, and something else that was very rare was the sight of an endless stream of articulated buses crawling west on Scott Street through Mechanicsville, Hintonburg, and all the way to Westboro.
The diverted buses are mentioned in Mercier’s memo as “detoured” but according the Hintonburg Community Association’s Jeff Leiper, the sight of them may well have been a preview of what Scott Street will look when a more long-lasting diversion is put in place.
That’s because Scott is the City’s preferred route for diverted Transitway buses, from Tunney’s Pasture eastwards, during the LRT construction scheduled to begin in 2013 — and lasting for four years.
What will those four years look like? Well, Leiper says that unless the City can be convinced to move some of the volume to Carling or the Parkway, Scott Street may look a lot like the 3 minutes of video above, captured by him on Tuesday night.
It will be interesting to see what measures the city takes to deal with automobile traffic along Scott for the duration; at about the 2:25 point there is a perfect illustration of how cars do not mix well with heavy bus volume. One prediction could be that unless automobile traffic is diverted away from Scott, rush-hour bus collisions won’t be such a rarity anymore – at least for the duration of the LRT build-out.