Comment 29108

By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted February 25, 2009 at 16:24:24

Robert D wrote:

doesn't Hamilton still have that project that gives them half price monthly passes?

IIRC it was a pilot project involving only a small number of recipients who had to apply and to pass a means test. I believe Council is deliberating on whether to expand it.

This, however, is only part of the problem. The other part is that people who do have transportation alternatives will choose not to take transit if the price goes up.

People respond to incentives, and Hamilton's system of transportation incentives is heavily skewed to driving - from our ring highway to our urban one-way expressways to mandatory "free" parking requirements at every destination.

While other cities have enjoyed increases in transit use in the 5-10 percent range over the past year, Hamilton saw transit use go up by barely one percent.

That's an abject failure in our supposed mission to double transit use in the next fifteen years.

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