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By Pxtl (registered) - website | Posted November 02, 2010 at 13:17:44

Hamilton is 2 cities duct-taped together. The lower city is an old-fashioned post-industrial city. The mountain city is another Burlington/Oakville/Mississauga bedroom community, with Concession Street functioning as its dead Downtown, long-since replaced by the Medowlands and Lime Ridge Mall.

none of these bedroom communities have any use or interest in expanding their bus ridership, until the situation becomes unbearable. If you expand the service, you'll just get more empty busses - people move there because they are committed to car culture. And any bus service there is going to be inextricably worse than the already-mediocre Downtown experience, trying to sell to people who don't see any magical higher worth in bussing - they see it as an alternative to their car that they already need to commute to Oakville, one that really doesn't look very good. The only people who bus in a bedroom community are students, die-hard advocates, and people who can't drive. Those numbers won't change until the car is no longer an option.

Oh, and Jason, the Meadowlands is a bad example because it's beyond the west end of the east-west corridor so the normal frustrations of north/south movement are gone - the 5C was just extended into Ancaster.

Something simpler, like going to Westmount Secondary School (where my wife works) - a city-wide system school and not a community school and thus students are expected to get there by bus.

Comment edited by Pxtl on 2010-11-02 12:20:28

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