We asked candidates if they support the city's goal of doubling transit ridership by 2020. Of the 43 respondents, 42, or 97.7%, answered Yes and one, or 2.3%, answered No.
By Ryan McGreal
Published October 25, 2010
We asked candidates:
As of this writing, 43 candidates, of 51.8% of the total, have responded. Of the 43 respondents, 42, or 97.7%, answered Yes and one, or 2.3%, answered No. You can read all the candidate responses on the RTH election site.
Ten mayoral candidates provided responses.
Michael Baldasaro would "create bus stations within each of the seven Cities, connecting them to the centre of the [Greater Hamilton Area]." The bus stations would also act as community centres so that citizens can "meet for coffee and get to know one another as we wait to connect with our ride."
Bob Bratina highlights the city's fare structure, stating, "Another City slogan might have been 'best place to raise a Fare.'" He argues that fare costs must compare favourably with parking costs. He has also asked for a staff report on municipalities that have reduced or eliminated fares.
Mahesh Butani wants to "adopt a more holistic planning approach which aligns our economic development goals with transit design." He calls the current system "fractured" and blames it for "retard[ing] our city's growth" and perpetuating "the continuing dependency on automobiles for local commuting."
Fred Eisenberger believes "securing Light Rail Transit for Hamilton is the key goal under this priority." He will "create and personally lead a government relations SWAT team made up of civic and community partners to press other levels of government for LRT funding, with a goal of $850 million to $1.5 billion in necessary funding."
Edward HC Graydon would "lower the bus fares immediately back to $1.50." He adds, "To me it makes very little common sense to be talking about LRT all while many Hamiltonians are living hand to mouth."
Andrew Haines asks: "How about we double the transit ridership by 2011 instead?" He would do this by providing full service to the entire city, lower the fare to $2 with a 25-cent 120 minute transrfer, and expand HSR to operate electric taxis.
Glenn Hamilton "would support that goal by making the bus routes user friendly and have better shelters for winter months."
Ken Leach would create an "arms-length transit corporation" to reduce government overhead, rationalize service and "ensure that we place transit where and when needed." The transit corporation would be overseen by a board of "business leaders and community spokespeople from throughout our city."
Tone Marrone would "implement the bus rapid transit", lower bus fares, offer free seniors' passes at age 70, and offer affordable teenage bus passes. "Taking the bus is great for the environment and promotes the sense of community. I'm all for it."
Steven Waxman would establish "a 3rd party citizen review and consultation to deteermine what Hamilton needs and wants, create a plan and follow it." He identifies "accessibility and scheduling" as the keys to success, and wants HSR schedules to mesh with GO schedules.
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