outlet mulberry death for TTC to assess bus stop
Friends and family of a 21 year old woman killed Sunday while crossing the street say they are frustrated it took a death for the TTC to take the stop out of service and perform a safety assessment. Witnesses say she had just gotten off the bus and was crossing the road when she was struck.
Salickram’s death has prompted a number of riders to voice concerns over the stop. They say it is unlit, at the side of a busy roadway, with no sidewalk or crosswalk.
the fact that the safety concerns of this exact bus stop was brought up 10 months ago and nothing was done breaks my heart even more.
“Jess was one of the bright lights in our family,” Persaud said.
The TTC has since told CityNews it is performing a safety assessment and the stop will be out of service until further notice.
have to look at these things holistically, said TTC spokesperson Stuart Green. have done reviews of streetcar stops and this year we are doing reviews of bus stops, we need to find places, where ever possible to eliminate those mid block crossings. this particular stop it a real tragedy. Our hearts go out to the family but we decided in the interest of safety until we could review that stop at that location, we would not use that stop. riders, who have dubbed it a “suicide stop,” say they had brought up their concerns with the city and TTC as far back as 10 months ago.
I so angry rn.
Craig Harper said Tuesday drivers can’t see bus users like himself when they are forced to crossSteelesAvenue every night in the dark.
“Even myself when I get off the bus I tell my bus driver you just dropped me off at a suicide stop,” Harper said.”Not knowing one day thatsomething would happen. Well something did happen.”
Harper says the incident was particularly disturbing because he brought his safety concerns about the stop to the city back in March 2017, telling them the area needed a stop sign, more lighting or a crosswalk.
“If we would have had the resources at the time, I don’t think this would have happened,” Harper said.
CityNews has learned the city did perform a traffic study on the area back in 2015. It determined no traffic signals or pedestrian crossover were needed.
CityNews tried to get results of that audit but were told it was an internal report and that the traffic volumes simply didn’t meet the threshold for changes. Salickram’s death was the first fatality in the area.
The mayor’s office said in a statement Tuesday they are re investigating the stop as part of Vision Zero, a city initiative to eliminate pedestrian fatalities.
“We are dedicated as a City to working to prevent pedestrian deaths,” Mayor John Tory said in a statement. “Transportation Services will be reviewing this area and they have asked hydro officials to also look at lighting in the area.”