Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Transit drivers limited to 17 hours

Transit drivers limited to 17 hours
Does it make you feel safer to hop on a bus in Ottawa knowing that your driver will have been on the job for less than 17 hours? Not to worry though, for they will have had at least six hours of rest since their last shift.

Watch this video to view a small part of an OCTranspo driver's day. In less than ten minutes approximately 100 buses, (about 10% of the entire fleet), makes its way through one four way stop intersection on the transitway. They are joined by dozens of pedestrians trying to negotiate their way. I feel particularly reassured when I hear, (about the 2:30 point in the video), with the intersection gridlocked, the sound of a bus backing up into traffic as pedestrians try to make their way. Yes, I feel safer already.

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