Transportation

Bratina, McHattie Reconsider Transit Fare Hike

By Ryan McGreal
Published March 29, 2007

Some encouraging news from 71 Main St: according to Spec reporter Nicole MacIntyre's Hall Marks blog, Councilors Bob Bratina and Brian McHattie are reconsidering their support for the transit fare increase.

Apparently some councillors kissed and made up yesterday and talked about a new plan that could prevent the increase. Councillors Bob Bratina and Brian McHattie, who are taking heat for supporting the increase, are behind the move to reexamine the issue.

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 Grateful Hammer (anonymous) | Posted March 29, 2007 at 22:29:11

I just want to say, BRAVO on what you're doing!!
This weeks' coverage on the transit prices is a tour de force. If only more people cared as much.

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By jason (registered) | Posted March 29, 2007 at 22:41:53

hey Grateful Hammer thanks for the nice words. people would care more if they realized how vital transit is to a healthy city. is it any wonder that Hamilton's economy has slowly tanked over the past 2 decades while our transit system has also been decimated during that time? most big media preaches the virtues of highways and therefore, most Hamiltonians could tell you the benefits of a highway to a city's economy (although nobody has ever been able to tell me why those 'benefits' haven't come to fruition in Hamilton even as we've built highway after highway over the past 15 years).

People will care more about transit as they are educated about the incredible benefits of it. As a rep from Portland says - "light rail is more of an economic development tool than it is a transit tool". Lord knows we need more economic development in Hamilton. Streetcars anyone???

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