Absence of Bus Stop causing upset in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue

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By Daniele Iannarone

For Erica Fox, braving the poor road conditions to walk to the nearest bus stop is a challenge.

The Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue resident is going public about her struggles in trying to get Exo’s 35 bus, headed to Pincourt/Dorion, to stop in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue village.  As it stands now, Fox is forced to walk 20 minutes to the nearest bus stop, located beside John Abbott College.

“Who wants to have to walk 20 minutes in this mess with the possibility of  falling and breaking something?” says Fox, noting that walking has been particularly difficult over the past few weeks as the winter weather has been unpredictable.  She fears that walking amid snowstorms, extreme cold or on icy roads is especially challenging for elderly citizens like herself.

Exo’s 35 bus does stop in the village, but only when travelling in the direction opposite Pincourt.  The bus does not stop anywhere near the main intersection of Saint-Pierre Street and Sainte-Anne Street in the direction of Pincourt/Dorion.  Exo’s Tarek Ali says there is no stop because the streets in the village can be quite busy, and that there is a conflict with the STM bus stop, making it difficult to put into place a bus stop of their own.

Ali says that Exo has taken note of Fox’s complaint, and that the company will study the feasibility of setting up a stop in the village later this month.  He says any decision to set up a new bus stop must be approved by the city of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue.

Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Mayor, Paola Hawa, says that she would be open to this new bus stop, but Exo would need to submit a formal request, and the city would then conduct its own analysis.  Hawa did not offer to provide some other form of service in the interim to assist residents in getting to the nearest bus station that’s already available.

While we wait to see whether a bus stop will be set up or not, Fox says she’s just frustrated that this whole process is taking this long.  “For seven months I’ve been fighting to get one stop in the village,” she says.  “It’s ridiculous.”

3 COMMENTS

  1. There is a mini bus that travels back and forth through the village to and from the Campus terminus. Why not take that bus back to the terminal and voila, problem solved. Having a full sized bus driving alone Ste Anne street is not an ideal solution and some of us residents remember the accident potential it represented in the past, before the mini shuttle bus was put on the road. There is no reason for our Mayor or council to put their citizens at risk to aid an off island transport. All the residents in the Northern sector walk that long or longer for access to a bus and the town has done very little to address that need in the past 30 years I have lived there. I certainly hope they will not go along with this high risk option.

  2. this picture doesnt belong to you, it isnt from exo either, its from my friend who took it with me. You could of atlest asked before using it for your article.

    • sorry the image was yours, we would certainly have asked you but we took it from the EXO site assuming it was theirs. we have removed it.

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