Comment 104642

By Joshua (registered) | Posted September 19, 2014 at 17:10:07 in reply to Comment 104638

Ryan, thanks for the clarifications.

I wasn't aware that light-rail and bus transit were going to co-exist, though that does make sense as the proposed light-rail transit isn't going to cover yet what the Hamilton Street Railway already does. What's going to happen, though, to the bus drivers whose jobs are absorbed by the efficiencies of light-rail transit? Has any discussion been had regarding the effects of light-rail transit on current transit employees?

As for city council's lack of investment in public transit, I was aware of federal gasoline tax revenues not being re-invested into public transit as well as of Councillor Ferguson's decision not to increase public transit to Redeemer College. These things do not bode well for the future of public transit in Hamilton, but these things can be changed, too. Awareness, of course, isn't worth much but it's good to know what's happened in order to understand how and which changes are possible.

I think I am coming around to the light-rail transit camp, as I wrote, for its environmental sustainability and my professed anti-automobile stance, with the exception of emergency vehicles, which could be, I know, any vehicle, depending on circumstances. Ideally, I'd like to see it fare-free for everyone's sake, but that's probably a long shot.

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