By Jason Leach
Published August 31, 2009
Hamilton took another small step today towards developing a rapid transit system. The introduction of 18 new articulated buses as well as the new A-Line Express is a good news story in our city.
In the past, Hamilton would go for years without any new initiatives or major announcements from the HSR. Now with a rapid transit office at city hall and the Metrolinx board, we have seen more in the way of transit improvements in the past three years than I can ever remember.
Granted, I'm with the city staffers who suggested implementing new rapid transit lines with a bit of a 'wow factor' involved, as opposed to a partial schedule with long gaps in between buses that the A-Line will have to endure for its first year or two.
Hamiltonians will manage, though. We've become experts at carving out our daily schedules around lackluster transit schedules with our poor GO Train service schedules.
The good news is that the A-Line will become a full transit route in the future. Along with construction of our new transit terminal downtown and some other new initiatives around the periphery of the city, we are seeing some more modest improvements this September as we gradually work towards developing a proper transit system.
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