Public statements from other supporters
- janice brown supports this.
Matt Grande says,
I am a sometimes-cyclist, but usually a driver. I drive the East-West corridor everyday on my way to work. I still support the bus lanes. A well-functioning transit system is integral to any good city, and this bus lane is a good step towards that. There are problems, to be sure, but they are fixable problems. Voting to kill or suspend the bus lane is throwing out the baby with the bathwater.
30 new business licenses, 37 new businesses, $1.3m in façade improvements, and The Connolly were all approved with the bus lane right there. It's good for transit riders, good for businesses, and good for Hamilton.
Jacqui Tondreau says,
Transit users in this city deserve better. The bus only lane is but one step this city needs to take to ensure easy access around this city for all - not just those who drive. Please leave the lane where it is and lets move on to other transit solutions that also require our attention.
- enric vallve supports this.
- Amelia Arlen supports this.
Peter Scholtens says,
An investment in transit is a justice issue. Transit is accessible to everyone. Roads are only accessible to those who own cars.
- Jane Cudmore supports this.
- Paul Copcutt supports this.
Joanne Hudspith says,
I feel it is important for the city to look forward, not just to the next election, but to plan and have infrastructure in place to address the reality of rising fuel prices and environmental concerns.
It is vital that we take these steps now to make transit the more convenient option, and make driving more inconvenient.
Ian Fox says,
I am blown away that City of Hamilton Councillors would even be debating the usefulness of public transit & bus lanes. We need build this city into a world class city which includes all types of transportation methods.
James Spence says,
I'm all for the bus lane. It has really helped me get through the downtown in a timely fashion.
- Robyn Tedesco supports this.
Patricia Reid says,
It is imperative to increase the ridership. I would like to see both the King Buses and Barton Buses become all articulated especially throughout the day.
Linda Meerveld says,
We need a much improve public transit system, including LRT
John Brewer says,
Too many transportation decisions are made just to benefit drivers. Hamilton has no future without better public transit. It is therefore in everyone's best interests that projects like the King bus lane be supported.
Aha Blume says,
With the bus lanes, the busses stay on schedule and we get to our destinations on time. Keep the bus lane!
- Patrick Rose supports this.
Susan Lau says,
Don't let the chance for something better pass us. If we don't take a small step towards improving transit now, then when are we going to do it?
- Trevor Burgess supports this.
Bren Buckley says,
Although I noticed that driving through downtown on king was slower, it is to be expected that a thriving downtown will not be a non-stop thoroughfare. The downtown city should but be a high-speed expressway for cars, no other city core is.
- Joachim brouwer supports this.
- Joachim brouwer supports this.
Patrick Vusir says,
The bus lane represents one of the most important steps to moving Hamilton forward. The city is not the same as it was in the 60's and 70's so we should stop acting like the city doesn't need to be changed. The bus lane is an improvement to the busiest corridor in the entire HSR network and is used by a number routes with high loads: 1 King, 5 Delaware/52 Dundas, 10 B-Line and 51 University. Does the lane need to be fixed? Yes, so fix it! Add left turn signals at James and MacNab and bring it out to the second right lane so the right-most lane can be used for parking/loading and bus-stops. It would also help to extend the lane from the Delta to International Village on King St. and put a second bus lane eastbound on Main from Dundurn to the Delta. From experience, King St. was congested before the bus lane ever showed up which means it won't improve if the bus lane is removed. I live in Stoney Creek/Ward 10, and as both a driver and a transit user I want the bus lane to be improved and extended.
Barbara J. Baker says,
It is time the HSR and the City of Hamilton members woke up and got in touch with the bus users in Hamilton.
I live in the far south of Hamilton and on the west mountain. For me to
travel to McMaster Hospital for tests, etc. is a very very long event. For me
to travel across the West Mountain for medical appointments & tests is also a very very long event. Bad bus connections whichever way you want to try it.
I'd like to see the councillors and the mayor use the bus
system for a solid month; use the bus pass; use the transfer system; etc. and
realize and think about "why people would even consider travelling about our city this way".
In my own particular part of the city (south of Limeridge Rd. West and just north of Stone Church Rd. West) travelling on a Sunday is hopeless. For example: in order to get to my Church on a Sunday, it is necessary for me to click on the College 35 (via Upper James) at 10:18 A.M. to reach my Church for the service at 10:30 A.M. Only problem is, most of the time the bus coming out of the McNab Terminal will reach this area approx. 5 to 7 minutes before the designated stop near my house. In short, If I miss that bus, I don't get to go where I want to go. Suppose for a minute.....what IF the bus on a Sunday ran every 30 minutes (as opposed to a 1 hour service ?) Then I might be inclined to wait if I missed the 10:18 A.M. which went through very early at this stop. What would the encouragement be for others to try that ?
I also think this: What if the HSR changed their way of thinking and announced their intentions of changing the scheduling AND.....get this, ADVERTISED / PUT FLYERS IN MAILBOXES IN THE APPROPRIATE MAIL BOXES /USED THE E-MAIL SYSTEM/ AND, IN SHORT, CAME ALIVE TO THE COMMUNICATIONS OF TODAY.
What IF, indeed.
p.s. I do not have a car. I use the HSR exclusively for getting around.
p.p.s.Some of my HSR travels include getting out to McMaster Hospital; a very very long journey. Anything that
would speed up that journey would be wonderful. So, therefore, I would support all of yours and my efforts to keep the exclusive lane on King Street in Hamilton.
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Ilpo Lehto says,
Moving 47 persons through the same space as 1 person is far better than the past mode of people moving. As a side benefit crossing King St W as a pedestrian is safer as it is easier to co-ordinate and plan crossing 3 lanes during rush hour than to try cross 4 lanes at a non-signalized intersection.
- Susan Millman supports this.
Dave Beynon says,
I have never taken a bus but fully support better public transit including LRT in Hamilton.
- michelle lessard supports this.
Trish Vanson says,
Please listen to the transit users. They should have first say about the bus lanes. Car drivers are accustomed to always having the biggest say when it comes to transportation, but that doesn't mean it's right.
Gillian Varlow says,
As a city, we need to look to the future. Instead of worrying about the convenience of personal vehicle drivers , we should be more concerned about the next generations, less and less of whom are making car ownership a priority. A convenient, reliable public transit system is going to be a necessity for any city that wants to grow in the next few decades.
Imagine where this city would be now if we had gone ahead with the elevated LRT that was proposed over 40 years ago and this city, in its short-sightedness, decided against as being too expensive (and the politicians didn't want to lose votes from the NIMBY crowd).