The last few days the the Hoile loop on 222 Audley South DRT bus route issue has been read in the Toronto Star, The News Advertiser and again with a editorial. Since April 3, 2008 David Harrison as been posting on his blog Durham Transit Review about the issue.
"It just comes roaring down the road. We can't open our windows because of the smell and noise," says Sandra Cassidy the Ajax homeowner. This quote in the Toronto Star is right beside a photo that shows a DRT bus going past her. If you are posing for a publicity photo, the noise from the bus and pollution from its exhaust becomes a none issue?
She is also quoted as saying her husband Wayne, a "well-respected" architectural technologist who designed the subdivision, has some clout with local politicians who know him through business and charity events, Cassidy says.
"Not to sound like I'm bragging or anything but we have more (influence) than the average person."
Judging by the quotes, it appears as she might have ticked off Carola Vyhnak, the Toronto Star reporter more than Reka Szekely the News Advertiser reporter. The News Avertiser went much easier on her. I wonder why? Could it be that in Toronto is a transit city?
These articles have resulted with comments on disscussion boards going wild. Some of the comments are not very nice. DRT customer service has also recieved an increase in emails in favour of keeping the Hoile loop.
According to the minutes of the Durham Region Transit Executive Committee the issue will be dealt with at the next regular Durham Region Transit Executive Committee meeting being held on Wednesday, September 3, 2008 commencing at 1:30 p.m. in the Lower Level Boardroom, Regional Headquarters Building, Whitby.
After they finish dealing with this issue the Executive Committee should start planning mid day service on the Audley South route.