CORNWALL, Ontario - Cornwall Transit buses will be stopping at railway crossings while in service throughout the community starting Feb. 3.
The new policy stems from a review of protocols following the September 2013 bus-train crash in Ottawa that claimed six lives. Many public transit operators in Ontario have decided to change their railway crossing policy as a result of the unfortunate incident.
“This is an additional measure to ensure the safety of our passengers, our employees and the community at large,” said Len Tapp, Transit Division Manager. “We understand there will be an educational process for other users of the road, and we want to ask for the public’s patience and understanding while this new measure is rolled out.”
White and red decals will be placed on the back of Cornwall Transit buses to warn other road users that the bus stops at railway crossings.
“As always, the feedback from employees and the public will be assessed and we will review the policy if and when necessary,” said Tapp.