By Jason Leach
Published November 15, 2007
Stop the press: without a doubt, the biggest news story in the Hammer right now is a possible HSR strike, and potentially as soon as this weekend.
How ironic that the same week we open a half billion dollar highway, we might lose transit service.
The drivers have been working since last December without a contract.
Despite the modest gains made in public transit over the past couple years it is times like this where we find out how important the issue is at City Hall.
We know Council is completely clueless when it comes to transit and its effectiveness since they're all freaking out over having to walk seven minutes to their new digs. I haven't heard one of them say, "It doesn't bother me. I take the bus."
Yet in real cities all over the planet, that's exactly what you find among politicians, bankers, professionals and many others who use transit.
Hamilton continues to cater only to those residents who own a car.
The Christmas shopping season is coming quickly and downtown merchants don't deserve to lose their customer base because City Hall is too cheap to pay for proper transit.
Email your councillors and the Mayor's office. Public pressure might be the only hope we have left.