Comment 101229

By Keith (anonymous) | Posted May 10, 2014 at 11:37:40 in reply to Comment 101226

I don't disagree with your comments that changes need to happen and that improved B-Line service needs to happen. GRT in Kitchener/Waterloo/Cambridge did exactly that which is why they now have 10 minute frequency for most of the day and operates hous more per day than the current B-Line.

What I do disagree with is the notion that service should be free. Free service would essentially double the subsidy without providing any new service to alleviate existing problems nor providing capacity to deal with potential increases in ridership. With that size of investment and with current fares, we could increase our system by a third- a HUGE amount within the overall system.

IMO, the biggest problem holding the HSR back is the lack of leadership to push fare increase and other significant funding tools through. The HSR is behind the times in terms of fare structures and riders are paying way too little. No other transit agency has a cash fare so low nor a monthly pass so out of step with our peers. Look at the recent transit "gold stars" - Brampton, Mississauga, York Region, Waterloo Region - and part of the reason they've had such success growing ridership and and being able to make the case for investing in rapid transit is the fact they proposed fare increases while asking for property levy increases in order to show that the two need to go hand-in-hand. The current HSR

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