Transportation

A Vision for Transit in the 21st Century

By Ryan McGreal
Published March 31, 2009

The City of Hamilton has committed to doubling transit ridership (to 100 rides per person per year) by 2020. But how do we get there from here?

Instead of waiting for the city to figure this out, a grassroots organization of citizens who support public transit is holding a series of public meetings and an online survey to develop a community-based vision for public transit in the 21st century.

Our first meeting is:

We plan to make presentations and hold meetings at many community locations in the next few months. At the same time, we will have an online survey so Hamiltonians can share their vision of what transit could be.

These are exciting times for transit, thanks to the discussion of light rail and the creation of some new routes and discount passes. Yet we know that there is still overcrowding on some routes of the HSR, and battles continue over what should be appropriate levels of fares and public support of transit.

The HSR is currently undertaking a full operational review of its routes and schedules, so this is an especially good time to present a broad-based community vision for where we want transit to go and how we can make it happen.

Sponsored by Hamilton Transit Users group (TUG), and organized with support from the Hamilton Community Foundation.

Ryan McGreal, the editor of Raise the Hammer, lives in Hamilton with his family and works as a programmer, writer and consultant. Ryan volunteers with Hamilton Light Rail, a citizen group dedicated to bringing light rail transit to Hamilton. Ryan writes a city affairs column in Hamilton Magazine, and several of his articles have been published in the Hamilton Spectator. He also maintains a personal website and has been known to post passing thoughts on Twitter @RyanMcGreal. Recently, he took the plunge and finally joined Facebook.

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By Melville (anonymous) | Posted April 02, 2009 at 01:58:32

Any plans to announce the meetings sooner than a day before? For folks who bash the city for being disorganized, there should be better ways to show by example..

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By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted April 02, 2009 at 08:15:47

Melville,

That's a valid criticism.

We had announced the meeting on campus with a lot more notice, and we had also posted a notice earlier on the RTH events listing -

http://raisethehammer.org/wots/318

  • but then I thought it would be a good idea to put it in the blog as well, because the events listing doesn't currently get a lot of traffic (and we have plans to make it more user friendly).

As it happens, this was only the first of what we hope to be several visioning sessions at different locations across the city over the next few months.

We also plan to make presentations to neighbourhood associations, community organizations and business groups letting them know about the initiative and the online survey (which will be available soon - we're just doing some usability testing on it right now).

Please rest assured that we will provide a lot more advance notice for these upcoming events.

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By nobrainer (registered) | Posted April 02, 2009 at 08:35:28

@Melville

Jeez, everyone's a critic. :P

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By squarepusher (anonymous) | Posted April 02, 2009 at 13:46:46

After seeing what you guys did with Light Rail I can't wait to see what comes out of this new process. Please let us know when more sessions are coming and if there's ways we can help out?

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