By Ryan McGreal
Published August 27, 2009
Hamilton Transit Users Group (TUG) has launched a campaign to develop a new community-based vision for transit in Hamilton in the 21st century. (Disclosure: I'm working on this campaign as a coordinator.)
The City of Hamilton has committed to doubling transit ridership (to 100 rides per person per year) by 2020. But how do we get there from here? Instead of waiting for the city to figure this out, TUG is making a series of presentations and providing an online survey so Hamiltonians can share their vision of how transit could develop.
Initial results of the survey will be presented in a public meeting to the community in late October.
TUG will then use the information collected through the survey to develop initiatives around improving public transit in Hamilton.
These are exciting times for transit, thanks to the discussion of light rail and the creation of some new routes and discount passes. Yet we know that there is still overcrowding on some routes of the HSR, and battles continue over what should be appropriate levels of fares and public support of transit.
The HSR is currently undertaking a full operational review of its routes and schedules, so this is an especially good time to present a broad-based community vision for where we want transit to go and how we can make it happen.
The TUG presentation explains the current situation in Hamilton and proposes a community-based exercise to develop a progressive vision of transit in Hamilton. TUG will be making this presenting to various community groups in Hamilton over the next few months.
The Transit Vision Survey is a way for Hamiltonians to share their ideas of what public transit could be in this city.
I strongly encourage you to take the survey and help develop a new vision for transit in Hamilton.