There are no plans to remove the two floors of the Transitway after a fatal accident


Double-deck buses will not be taken off the Transitway now that it is back open after Friday's fatal accident at Westboro station, according to the OC Transpo chief.

Three people were killed and 23 wounded on Friday afternoon when a double-decker bus bound for Kanata crashed into a bus shelter at the station.

"I know, and I fully respect, that there are many questions about it [whether they’re] "OC Transpo general manager John Manconi told CBC News late Sunday.

"We have very secure vehicles, they are tested, they exceed all inspection requirements, we had strict independent tests done when these vehicles were brought on board."

Flowers and sails are set up at Westboro Station in Ottawa on January 13, 2019, two days after three people were killed and 23 injured in an accident involving a two-storey OC Transpo bus. (Robyn Miller / CBC)

Open at 7:30 p.m.

After the accident, the Transitway was closed between the Domain and the Pasture of Tunney.

The city of Ottawa said Sunday afternoon that the Transitway would reopen at 7:30 p.m. and that temporary bus stops on nearby Scott Street would be closed.

In a tweet, Mayor Jim Watson said OC Transpo and Ottawa Public Health officials will be available tonight and Monday to assist passengers.

Manconi said the two-story buses also run route 269, which was the route the bus involved in Friday's crash was traversing.

"We are very, very confident that they are safe vehicles, they will be in use," said Manconi. "And if our customers have any questions, our operators have some questions, we're there to help."

The city also set up two temporary memorial sites at Westboro Station: one on the lower level of the Transitway platform on the west side, and one on the upper level, at the corner of Scott Street and Athone Avenue.

A section of Scott Street, near Westboro Station, was also closed after the crash, but reopened on Saturday.


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