Comment 5959

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted March 22, 2007 at 11:21:40

I agree that in some cases a fare is increase would be justified, but I don't think HSR has made a convincing case.

If HSR agreed to significantly improve service (e.g. double frequency on busy routes, add new routes to under served areas and start planning for a streetcar line on Main St) then a fare increase might be a good idea.

In other words, the improved convenience would outweigh the extra cost. However, I don't think this is what is being proposed. There might be some minor improvements in service, but not enough to persuade car owners to take public transit. The risk of a downward spiral is still there.

In any case, users still contribute more to HSR than in most other systems.

The comparison with Paris is a bit unfair. Paris has 14 subway lines, and 5 suburban lines in an area of 10km diameter! In the morning, there is a subway train every minute, and one is never more than 200m from a subway station. And I haven't even mentioned the bus system. If Hamilton had that sort of transit service I'd happily pay $3 a ride.

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