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26 Feb Update
Report presented to CRD by BC Transit:

According to Myrna Moore, Senior Regional Transit Manager, BC Transit: "There is currently no place to safely turn a bus around in the Fort Street area without having to reverse the bus. Based on the Motor Vehicle Act, the driver of a vehicle must not cause a vehicle to move backwards into an intersection or over a cross-walk, and must not in any event or at any place cause a vehicle to move backwards unless the movement can be made in safety. [bold/italics added] Therefore, it is currently not possible to safely operate a transit bus in this area."

We strongly disagree that it is unsafe to operate a bus at Fort Street simply because the bus has to go into reverse for a short distance, off the main road, on Grantville Street. As previously stated: (a) the school bus already makes this maneuver, and is twice the size of the BC Transit shuttle; (b) there are virtually no pedestrians in this residential area; (c) each cross‐street has a stop sign; (d) visibility is high in both directions; (e) traffic has always been light to very light, and is even more so now that the road north has been barricaded; and (f) the shuttle makes a reverse move down in the Fulford Harbour stop, where there is significantly more traffic and pedestrians, and significantly less space to go into reverse.

If you agree, please email Ms. Moore at and express your opinion on the matter.

Original Petition

BC Transit has cancelled all Walker Hook buses, ostensibly because of the washout of Walker Hook road almost one month ago.

But the washout is nowhere near the Fort Street bus stop; it's a 15 minute walk, approximately 1km north. This is equivalent to closing the entrance to Thrifty's because Long Harbour road is closed.

Many customers rely on this route to get to work, shop for food, and so forth. Auto repairman, line chef, office worker -- they have been forced to either hitchhike in the cold and rain, or walk the 75 minutes into town along dangerous shoulders that are either non-existent or muddy.

We request that BC Transit implement the same re-routing which the school bus put into place one day after the washout: come up Starks to Fort Street, and then safely turn at Grantville.

Thank you.

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