Comment 97481

By Fred Street (anonymous) | Posted February 08, 2014 at 16:01:54

The Feb 2013 report Rapid Ready: Expanding Mobility Choices in Hamilton prescribed a Transit Fleet Expansion of 100 buses. That's a significant bump from the current stable of 217 buses and would almost certainly go toward expanding service in un(der)served neughbourhoods. The cost for this initiative has been estimated at $50 million, with funding possible through Metrolinx as it’s a capital line item.

There obviously would be considerable operational costs associated with a 46% bump in service, but it would be partially offset by retiring redundant buses from service: The Rapid Ready default scenario assumes that 18 buses along the B-Line corridor would be thus removed (mainly 1 and 10, since the Delaware family – and the 55/55A service that merges with the 10 – will need to be operational in order to feed the trunk line and service the southern and western periphery).

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