Fredericton Transit clarifies policy related to stopping on hills during severe storms

Fredericton

Fredericton Transit says it is clarifying its policy for travel and stopping along hills during incidents of severe weather.

The agency says the Service Level Standard is in place to ensure the safety of passengers, transit operators and other drivers and is only in place during severe storm events, which include extreme snowfall, ice or freezing rain conditions.

Fredericton Transit says they anticipate the standard to primarily impact bus stops on steeper portions of Windsor Street (below Kings College), Biggs Street (southbound stop), Forest Hill Road (10 Carlisle route before PM Bridge) and Fairview Avenue.

Passengers who are able to are encouraged walk to the nearest stop along a hill where there is less of an incline as this will make it safer for buses to stop, which in most cases is one stop in either direction where the hill flattens out slightly.

The agency says passengers will not be required to walk to the very top or very bottom of the route in question.

Fredericton Transit says operators do their best to communicate with passengers regarding travel conditions and will wait for passengers to get on the bus if they have to pull past a bus stop in order to stop safely.

During all storm events passengers are encouraged to plan ahead and leave extra time for travel due to potential weather related service delays.