Safety issues raised about buses at Humber
By Shaunte Sterling
Safety questions are being raised about buses taking advantage of the yield-to-bus law inside of Humber Colleges bus terminal.
Several routes see buses going in-and-out of Humber’s North campus, dropping off hundreds of students daily. And while they load and unload, students are constantly walking through cross paths to get to classes on time.
Ellis Ricketts who studies 3D Animation at Humber, says he’s seen people get hurt while drop-offs are happening at the school.
“I was about to come off the bus and it [turned] quickly. An old lady was standing and hit her head on one of the poles,” Ricketts said.
Humber student Kenny Dawkins says the yield to bus signs aren’t the best idea for the campus.
“I don’t think that [it] is a smart idea considering how fast the buses to drive anyway,” he says.
@carolinegp Hi Caroline, there is a yield to bus law which means buses have right of way when pulling back into traffic. Hope you’re okay.
— TTC Customer Service (@TTChelps) August 26, 2016
Dawkins suggests students get the right-of-way to ensure students get safe across paths safety and treat it like any other street.
“Students are usually rushing and … have headphones in, so they might not be paying attention,” Dawkins said.
Last year 64 pedestrians were killed in the streets of Toronto according to deathbytraffic.ca.
To accommodate students’, security guards are in place throughout the parking lots and terminals. Although some cross paths may not have a security guard at all times which raises concern in students.
Humber student Keerthana Reetira finds it hard in the mornings when the school is packed.
“I feel safer when there are security guards [because] there are students walking across when the buses are coming,” she said.