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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Ward 13
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Powers, Russ Yes It will be achievable, if and only if, two focused strategies are pursued, namely; a significant start on the implementation of the city-wide LRT system (only possible with an appropriate funding formula) and the introduction of additional collector routes that connect with the LRT at best locations in a timely manner.
Robinson, Glenn Yes Keeping fares as low as possible while improving convenience will create a better user experience and contribute to increased ridership. The Presto pass is designed to afford greater convenience and efficiency and is a welcome option; however, maintaining flexibility in fare payment options (cash, tickets, day passes, student passes, etc.) will ensure casual users are also welcome and easily able to access the system.

Flexibility in routing will improve access and thereby create more opportunities for citizens to view public transit as a convenient alternative to private vehicles. A transit system that provides linkages to local networks, such as GO, VIA and the potential LRT, will enhance the user experience and convenience and therefore ridership.

In future, incorporating non-traditional modes, such as, trolleys, trams and cable cars can provide a new and unique method of transit. Using a cable car to carry passengers up and down the Niagara Escarpment would avoid further erosion of our escarpment. A cable car(s) would connect with HSR networks on the escarpment and in the downtown core. Cable cars could also be promoted as a tourist attraction with amazing views of the city, the harbour and beyond.
Scime, Danya No I have a hard time believing that this is possible within the next decade. For Dundas, the routes as they are, are not efficient nor addressing our Residents. I would propose that encouraging more ridership through darts and smaller busses in our Town. I watched yesterday, three busses go by King Street. The maximum people on board was 7. Possibly moving some of the stops to the seniors apartments and condos would be a more efficient use of the busses. I would love to see us partner with businesses in encouraging their employees to take public transit. Having the employers issue bus passes to the employees living out of the work area. If we can have the private corporations encourage bus usage by issuing passes to their employees as part of the benefits.
Tammer, Ron Yes I support any effort to increase transit ridership. I think the LRT will certainly work wonders towards this goal, as it can make it more "socially acceptable" to take transit. I find that in Hamilton, people are somewhat ashamed to ride the HSR; I believe if it is made more convenient and "fashionable", ridership can be increased to the level where the HSR is actually profitable.

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Ward 13
Zuliniak, Marty