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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Beck, Keith Yes I do support the goal to increase transit ridership and the consequential reduction in car trips. Three things I would like to do to pursue this goal is 1. See both the B and A line LRT plans built. 2. Re-evaluate comprehensively our transit routes. The city has changed and some of the older routes need to be rerouted to cover stops people commonly make. and 3. Thinking back to my time as a Mac student, I remember how convenient it was to have an annual pass. And having it made you think about using it more often to get the most value from it. I would like to see an annual photo ID pass for regular passengers available. Maybe even allow payment for it to be made by installment, or on property tax bills for homeowners.
Gallagher, John Yes If elected, I will move to convince city council to conduct an immediate review of all costs related to the collection and management of fares paid by transit users. The purpose of this review will be to confirm that there is a net surplus of income from paid transit fares.

It is my belief that transit should be deemed an essential service and every reasonable effort should be made to offer transit services on the same principles our government uses to justify all other essential services such as police, fire etc. There are myriad tangible and not-so-obvious benefits accrued to a municipality that acknowledges that every citizen has a right to access transit system, regardless of status or ability to pay.

I look forward to working with council and other interested stakeholders to make our transit system available to all citizens.
Pettit, Trevor Yes This is a very noble goal and certainly one we should strive to achieve. We need to provide convenience at reasonable rates. More availability and scheduled stops during prime time. Safety and cleanliness that will make users feel comfortable and secure. Handicap accessability is paramount. Expanded service to the outer suburbs if the demand is there. Reduced rates for seniors - free ride for seniors over 70 and all armed forces personnel. Every effort must have a good business plan that understands the fiscal realities of the day.

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Duvall, Scott