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Let's Talk Transit: A Discussion Event on Thursday, February 5, 2015

Our discussion starts with a belief that efficient high-quality public transit is essential for Hamilton's economic future and quality of life. We believe this means HSR improvements are necessary and needed.

By Joey Coleman
Published February 04, 2015

Join us Thursday, 7:30 PM at Mill's Hardware for ThePublicRecord.ca's panel discussion on the future of Hamilton's public transit system, the HSR.

The event is free, thanks to the generous hospitality of Mill's Hardware.

On Friday, February 6, 2015, Hamilton's new Transit Director is presenting a vision for improving Hamilton's public transportation department, the Hamilton Street Railway.

On Thursday, February 5, The Public Record will bring together a panel to discuss this vision and offer their expert input into how Council should respond to and improve the vision. This will be the third TPR discussion event, following our November panel on voter turnout and our January event with CANADALAND.

What We're Doing, and What We're Not Doing

Our discussion starts with a belief that efficient high-quality public transit is essential for Hamilton's economic future and quality of life. We believe this means HSR improvements are necessary and needed.

We're bringing together a group of Hamiltonians with strong knowledge of, and experiencing public transit in our City.

The Panel

Nicholas Kevlahan is a leader in Hamilton's transit advocacy movement and serves as spokesperson for Hamilton Light Rail. He is a regular user of public transportation.

Sara Mayo is a Social Planner with a concentration in Geographic Information Systems. Her knowledge of Hamilton's socioeconomic demographics will assist our discussion on the social good and need for public transit to provide access to services and opportunities for Hamiltonians.

Terri Wallis is a member of the Hamilton Advisory Committee for Persons with Disabilities who is a strong advocate and champion for a better fully equitable accessible HSR. She is a regular rider of the HSR and has presented to Council numerous times regarding barriers to HSR usage by persons with disabilities. Wallis ran for City Council in 2014 in Ward 2.

Jason Nason helps lead Hamilton's discussion of public transit with his twitter account @HSRTransit. He rides the overcrowded Barton bus daily to work and as his primary method of travel across the City. His first-hand knowledge of our transit system is second to none.

City Withholding Transit Plan

City staff are withholding the HSR budget and improvement plan from the public. When the panel was originally planned, the goal was to discuss this plan.

Unfortunately, since the election, City Hall has become even less transparent than it was before the election and is refusing to make public the HSR transit plan and budget.

While all other departmental budgets are now public information, this is the first time I'm aware of in which a department has hidden their budget proposal from the public budget books.

Despite City Hall's secrecy, we're going to move forward with the panel on Thursday and ask the question: What can we do to improve the HSR, what steps do we need to take as a community to make the HSR better, and how do we engage in doing so?

The Venue

The event will happen at Hamilton's newest downtown venue, Mill's Hardware at 95 King Street East (Across from the Royal Connaught) starting at 7:30pm.

Mill's Hardware is fully accessible, and is a licensed establishment. There will be a cash bar.

We hope to see you on Thursday.

First published on The Public Record.

Joey Coleman covers Hamilton Civic Affairs.

Read more of his work at The Public Record, or follow him on Twitter @JoeyColeman.

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By ItJustIs (registered) | Posted February 04, 2015 at 14:54:01

Fantastic initiative! Looking forward to it!

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By ItJustIs (registered) | Posted February 05, 2015 at 23:16:16

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By MMMM (anonymous) | Posted February 09, 2015 at 20:52:33 in reply to Comment 108775

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By IJustAte (anonymous) | Posted February 08, 2015 at 07:16:43 in reply to Comment 108775

It was such a good event he left early, and ran home to blog about it and pat himself on the back.

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By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted February 06, 2015 at 07:15:29 in reply to Comment 108775

What you seem to have missed is that engaged Hamiltonians have been "thinking outside the blog" since before there were blogs. Lively, well-attended public meetings are nothing new, and engaged Hamiltonians don't need your hectoring to keep organizing, promoting and attending them.

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By Anon (anonymous) | Posted February 06, 2015 at 16:58:58

This is not a local meeting! Globalists hold these meetings all over the world. Their endgame is to establish a control grid in transportation. Did you know all new cars are shipping with the Android OS installed? The government can now hack into your car and control where you go. Look into Google X's driverless cars. Look into some of Google X's other technology.

This is about enslaving us and getting us to give up our rights for the battle against terrorism. You know who the TSA/NSA/CSIS consider terrorists? People who are awake to their agenda and are trying to prevent it! These are the same people funding 9/11 and poisoning us with vaccines, which we all know are giving kids autism!

Wake up people, look at the dictatorship the United States has become. Look at their established military presence across the earth. Stop believing everything you hear!

Agenda 21, look it up

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By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted February 08, 2015 at 18:45:08 in reply to Comment 108831

Attention fellow Agenda 21 Field Operatives: our super-secret mission to enslave the free world with walkable communities and reliable transit seems to have been compromised. We had better regroup to our sclandestine U.N. lair to hatch up a new scheme.

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By Anon (anonymous) | Posted February 09, 2015 at 18:14:24 in reply to Comment 108886

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By JoeyColeman (registered) - website | Posted February 08, 2015 at 19:54:19 in reply to Comment 108886

Make sure to save pizza for me, I'm ordering up my upper secret mind controlled driver to get me there.

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By GoRyanGo (anonymous) | Posted February 09, 2015 at 20:50:06

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