Comment 87768

By AnjoMan (registered) | Posted April 09, 2013 at 18:13:39 in reply to Comment 87743

I may be misinterpreting you, but it sounds like you are saying have to choose between a) not expanding service and b) providing equal transit access to Freelton as we do to Westdale. I think its important to recognize that if the entire urban area is not well served, there is a large set of riders that you are missing out on because the transit system is not comprehensive enough for them to justify not owning a car, and if they own a car, the marginal cost of also buying transit tickets is too high.

For example, I grew up living in downtown Burlington (close to Central Library), a town that is known for having a pathetic transit system. My house was literally a 4 minute drive from the Burlington GO transit station, but it took me 20 minutes to get there on the city bus, and many other places I might have wanted to take the bus would be >1hr on transit when you could get there in 20 minutes by car. With a system like that, you don't take the bus unless you have no other options.

I think part of the problem is that although the main routes may be amply serviced, the majority of trips are not exclusively from one point on the main route to another point on the main route - if you have to walk 20 minutes to catch your bus, and then after you get off the bus walk another 10 minutes, its not an ideal solution. When investing in more lines and reducing the number of transfers needed and additional effort required to use transit, you cross a threshold of convenience and the system becomes a lot more useful.

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