Transportation

HPD: Take a Breather and Re-Think Transit

By Jason Leach
Published March 29, 2007

Hamiltonians for Progressive Development has sent another great submission to Hamilton City Council.

This is a group of local business leaders and successful entrepreneurs who have chosen to call Hamilton home. They submitted the following letter to council before yesterday's decision to hike fares:

From our perspective, the city seems to be operating in a reactive mode, lurching from crisis to crisis and responding to immediate budget pressures without a clear policy or decision-making criteria.

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We feel that council and community can establish a basis for transit decisions that will reduce conflict and perhaps end the debate all together on the role that fares will play in transit financing.

In the interim, we suggest no change to the fare structure until such a comprehensive policy has been determined, and then to make decisions that are consistent with that policy.

This letter is full of great suggestions and presents a clear understanding of what the ultimate goal should be regarding Hamilton's economy and infrastructure planning.

Let's hope city council can all take a breather and re-think this strange decision last night before their binding vote during budget deliberations.

Jason Leach was born and raised in the Hammer and currently lives downtown with his wife and children. You can follow him on twitter.

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