By Kevin Werner, News Staff
Binbrook residents should get ready to put their cash where their opinions are beginning next month.
Starting in September, the city will be implementing a one-year pilot program to bring public transit to the village area.
Hamilton’s public transit officials will begin operating a TransCab service during weekdays from 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. that will provide trips between the Binbrook urban village and to the HSR stop on Rymal Road East at Terryberry Road. Customers can also use the TransCab to travel to the various retail outlets within the Elfrida area. The TransCab will not be providing transportation within the Binbrook urban area.
The total cost of the project is estimated to be about $225,000. The funding will come out of the city’s tax stabilization reserve.
“This is turning a corner for the Binbrook Village,” said Glanbrook councillor Brenda Johnson, who has championed expanding transportation service for the area.
Last year Johnson went door-to-door asking residents to take a survey indicating if they wanted some form of public transportation in their community. Currently, HSR buses do not stop in the Binbrook area. Of the 1,100 people who completed the survey, about 60 per cent of them stated they would use the service.
Johnson hopes they are true to their word.
“I’m looking forward to the people who said they could support it using it,” she said.
Ward 1 councillor Brian McHattie, who is also a strong proponent of using public transit, applauded the initiative the city was taking.
“This is a great entry point to having public transportation,” he said. “This is great stuff.”
The fare for the TransCab will be the same as an adult HSR fare, $2.55, plus another 50 cents. The cab, which allows customers to share a ride, will provide front-door pick up and drop off.
Transportation officials will review the service after the pilot program is completed in October 2014. If it continues, it will mean adding up to $80 to Binbrook residential property taxes to retain the service, since transportation is area-rated.
TransCab service has been provided to east Stoney Creek since 1998 andWest Glanbrooksince 1999.