Do you support Hamilton's LRT proposal? If so, what will you do to ensure Hamilton's success in building LRT? If not, why do you oppose it?
Responses to the question: "Do you support Hamilton's LRT proposal? If so, what will you do to ensure Hamilton's success in building LRT? If not, why do you oppose it?"
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|Jenkinson, Kim||No||No I do not support the LRT proposal. There are four major problems with our current transit system:
1) Lack of connectivity. Gore Park is our central downtown HSR core, but the Go Bus is three blocks away and there are no parking facilities at the GO station.
2) Lack of reliability. The busses are not on schedule, HSR must let people waiting know when the next bus will get there. People report the bus can be anywhere from 10 minutes early to 20 minutes late. This would not be an issue on the East/West lines on King and Main, but it is certainly an issue on the Mountain routes. Which means transit is.
3) Not user friendly. If busses are not on time and connections are difficult to make or are out of the way, the transit system is not user friendly. The lack of available busses is also an issue, many route
4) Low ridership. In part because of all of the reasons above.
The LRT does not address a single issue above. Who exactly needs to get across the city? People need to get IN TO and OUT OF the city: the LRT does not address that. The top problems with the LRT are:
1) It will not address the primary issues of transit users in the City as listed above.
2) It will snarl traffic and effect businesses across the route (some good some bad).
3) It will increase the operational costs of transit and the longer term replacement costs.
The basic issues of our transit system need to be addressed before we add meaningless infrastructure. Transit in Hamilton absolutely needs a common sense plan to move forward and it needs to resolve the major problems to attract ridership, but at this time the City of Hamilton does not need the LRT.
|Whitehead, Terry||Yes||Yes, I support the concept of LRT. However, there needs to be a better understanding of location, cost and impacts to existing businesses. I would be interested in obtaining a cost/benefit analysis.|
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