Hail to the bus driver

Cole Carruthers
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Moose Javians rely on city transit, especially during winter months

Moose Javians rely heavily on city transit during the winter months to avoid walking
and driving on icy roads.

The city has seen its fair share of snow and ice these past few weeks, which has become a constant source of aggravation for residents and commuters to get where they have to go.

Cynthia Cameron knows this all too well after losing her Chevy Blazer in a vehicle collision a week ago.

Cameron now has to rely on city transit buses for daily commuting.

“I got in an accident and lost my vehicle, the roads have been really bad this winter - I know people from Mossbank, Assiniboia and other areas who won’t come into Moose Jaw because of the roads,” Cameron said.

“My husband says they need to do what they do in the States and put down liquid salt,”Cameron added. “If the city wants to attract more tourism, they’re going to have to do more.”

City transit bus driver Bob Gagnon said the weather has made driving conditions rough this winter. “It’s been a bad one from all the freezing rain and snow,” Gagnon told the TImes-Herald.

Gagnon was driving the Athabasca East route on Saturday and was able to keep on schedule despite icy road conditions.

“These drivers aren’t given the credit they deserve,” transit user Mary Fillip told the Times-Herald. “Need to put credit where credit is due.”

She said there have been plenty of times she has been on the bus and drivers have to contend with rowdy passengers, while dealing with icy road conditions.

“They’re on time and good with scheduling, and it’s stressful on the ice sometimes, they have to tell people to be quiet, it’s a shame something isn’t done about it,” Fillips said.

She said on the way downtown aboard the bus, the driver had to brake heavily to avoid hitting a dog on the street.

For more on this article pick up the next issue of the Times-Herald.

Organizations: Times-Herald

Geographic location: Mossbank, Assiniboia, Moose Jaw Athabasca East

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