Comment 53060

By Mogadon Megalodon (anonymous) | Posted December 14, 2010 at 09:27:47

Of the ten lines that need additional coverage, it seems mainly to be schools (I'm working in broad strokes here – haven't factored in public/separate/private schools) and shopping/mall jobs driving the appetite.

51 University > McMaster University/Columbia College
10 B Line > McMaster University/Columbia College/Eastgate Mall
5 Delaware > McMaster University/Columbia College/Meadowlands
1 King > McMaster University/Columbia College
21 Upper Kenilworth > Mohawk College
43 Stone Church > Meadowlands/Lime Ridge Mall
44 Rymal > Redeemer College/Eastgate Mall
6/7/8 Aberdeen/York/Locke > Westdale/??/Locke

No question, more buses added into rotation will improve frequency of service and reduce congestion on individual buses, but it's McMaster/Columbia riders who seem to reap the biggest benefit (20-21 of 29 buses).

Does anyone have an idea what sort of numbers are attached to subsidized fares (MSU, Passport to Hamilton, Support Persons, Golden Age, Affordable Transit) at present? Fare increases would obviously be less political if there were way of substantially expanding the numbers on the latter two, but fare subsidies come from somewhere. Is it principally a cake-allocation problem? Would generic transit users be okay with swallowing a fare increase if it meant that seniors, physically challenged and working poor were better positioned to make use of the system? Would transit advocates swallow a fare increase if it meant that underserviced areas would be brought into the sphere of transit service? If HSR service isn't proactively chasing areas where densification is increasing most rapidly, is a functional transit system even possible in the long term?

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