Public statements from other supporters
- Paul Mason supports this.
Elaine Blau says,
Next time you are driving in your warm car, consider that the bus lane might provide a cold fellow Hamiltonian with quicker access to transit. Reverse temperatures for summer season.
This is what 'share the road' is about and what if my commute is a few more minutes...
Business along the route should be supported as appropriate.
- Peter Badenhorst supports this.
- Frances Murray supports this.
- Roisin Fagan supports this.
- Paul Grimwood supports this.
- Chris Amis supports this.
- Christopher Godwaldt supports this.
Richard Gelder says,
Support public transit. The King Street bus lane is a harbinger for the future of public transit in Hamilton.
Good transit downtown is essential for good transit citywide. What is good for Hamilton is good for Dundas, Ancaster, Stoney Creek, Glanbrook and Flamborough, too.
Joshua Weresch says,
This is for my daughters.
- Tom Flemming supports this.
Lee Edward McIlmoyle says,
Our current attitude toward our ailing transit system is a major impediment to this city's continued growth and prosperity. We need a comprehensive shift in both our thinking about public transit AND about our over-reliance on cars. Complete Streets plans call for wider use of accessible, serviceable rapid transit, and the studies prove that it's necessary to a city seeking sustainable economic growth, both in high- and in low-density population areas.
Improve the bus lane pilot project. We all benefit when more people can comfortably use mass transit. Council knows this. They need to commit to fixing this, or the problem, far from going away, will only get worse.
Frank Soberg says,
How does taking $100,000 to nix the bus lane send a positive message to metrolinx?
This is the catalyst that was offered to the city to proceed and succeed.
Rather than closing or suspending this project let's proceed to bring its full potential to fruition.
Abir Abdulla says,
While I rely solely on the bus system to get around, as a resident of Ward 7 I don't receive any direct benefit from the bus lane. That being said, I support it wholeheartedly because removing it sends the image that our city is not committed to public transit--that our city favours those who can afford or prefer to use cars. Hamilton belongs to all of us. Buses can transport a larger amount of people and the demand on that route is high as it is (as I know first-hand from commuting from the mountain to McMaster through the downtown for the past 4 years). We need a solution for transit in this city. The downtown bus lane is the first step towards prioritizing an efficient, reliable public transit system, and once we do that, public transit will be improved in all areas of the city. Improvements can and should be made if there are specific issues (with the bus lane), but removing it altogether is taking a step backwards. We need to move forward, Hamilton.
- Kristin Reynolds supports this.
- Pauline Taggart supports this.
Mary Louise Pigott says,
I mostly drive, but I recognize that 21st century cities need 21st century transit or they will be left behind economically. I am more than willing to put up with the very minor inconvenience to drivers posed by the bus lane, so that we may one day have the kind of city my kids will be able to live and work in.
- Vincent Raso supports this.
- rolfe baltzer supports this.
- Klaas walma supports this.
- Mike Goodwin supports this.
Marilyn Archibald says,
I drive downtown daily and my morning drive since the installation of the bus lane has only increased by about 5 minutes or so. I've enjoyed the extra time to check out the downtown shops and enjoy a few more tunes on the radio. It has not been a hardship. If I leave the office during the day, I've learned to take an alternate route back into the core, rather than taking King St. However traffic during day has always been heavy, even before the bus lane. Removing the bus lane will not solve the daytime congestion. Perhaps the camera and light system that has been talked about will. I urge you not cancel the bus lane. As we baby boomers age, we'll be looking for and needing better public transit into the downtown core.
pete harding says,
Bus lanes help to increase ridership by shortening trip times. Increased ridership makes a strong argument for capital infrastructure dollars for transit. Hamilton needs to plan for the future and that includes making critically important decisions about public transit now (including LRT), not ten years down the road.
Elizabeth Passmore says,
Anyone involved in making this decision should have to ride the bus for a week or two, especially if they suspend it, so they can see the difference it makes.
- Ellen Irving supports this.
- Damian Clarke supports this.
- Nicole Pocsai supports this.
- Tony Higgins supports this.
Laura Cattari says,
All riders, no matter where they may fall in demographics, are entitled to the most efficient and effective public transit, to the capacity a city can support.
The bus lane is there, it is paid for, there are funds left to tweak it.
I have found King far more walkable without cars racing timed lights 2 feet away from me. The lane is traffic calming and provides a less frightening experience for pedestrians.
- Ian Reynolds supports this.