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Transit haters


In Toronto:

Every weekday morning Sandra Cassidy wakes up to the sound of the bus carrying her neighbours to work and school.

"It just comes roaring down the road. We can't open our windows because of the smell and noise," says the Ajax homeowner.

Over the objections of residents who rely on the service, Cassidy is lobbying Durham Region Transit to reroute the bus so it doesn't go past her grey stone house on Audley Rd. S.

"We paid a lot of money to have the only custom-built home in a very special subdivision." That included a $100,000 premium to look out over Lake Ontario. "I can't even hear the TV when a bus goes by," she adds, complaining the service was "dumped on us" without warning two years ago.

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."

Her proposal to eliminate a two-kilometre loop has transit riders fuming. Some would have a longer walk to the bus stop, which they say poses a safety hazard in the winter. Those who live on the existing route dispute claims of excessive noise. And they argue a route change would discourage users who are trying to drive their cars less because of high gas prices and environmental concerns.

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