The City of Hamilton has committed to doubling transit ridership by 2020. Do you support this goal? If so, how would you realize it?
Responses to the question: "The City of Hamilton has committed to doubling transit ridership by 2020. Do you support this goal? If so, how would you realize it?"
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3 Candidate Responses (top)
|Candidate||Brief Response||Full Response|
|Black, Bob||Yes||I feel that doubling the riders by 2020 is an excellent goal and if the new council is able to work together this is an attainable goal., but it will take working together in an honest and respectful manner. As well as strong promotion and lowering fairs to a more affordable rate.|
|McGrimmond, Wilamina||Yes||I gave my car away in the Red Hill Valley Struggle and let my licence expire as I believe in practice what I preach, Don MacLean also gave up his car and use a bike as where I take public transit or walk. That is two people....now let's see how many other people can do that?|
|Tetley, Paul||Yes||In principle I support this goal, but based on recent results I do not believe doubling ridership from today's level is possible by 2020. From 2005 to 2009, conventional transit ridership passenger trips on the HSR decreased by 1.2%. Our first goal should be reversing that four-year declining trend.
Increasing ridership needs to be addressed by bringing jobs back to Hamilton. A healthy local economy drives increased ridership. Jobs in our urban core and historic industrial areas, coupled with the increasing importance of the McMaster Innovation Park will drive ridership gains at a far greater rate than Greenfield, low density, and car centric development.
There is also a need to address timetables to ensure efficient transfer points. This is required for transferring HSR to HSR and for connections with GO Transit. Efficient transfer points will create a transit system which is more appealing to people who currently use other means of transportation.
Finally, affordability of our Public Transit system is required to drive ridership gains. Hamilton needs to ensure that transit is affordable to all residents, no matter their income level.
The above will ensure transit ridership increases as we move forward in the 21st Century.
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