City endorses vision for future that puts public transit at centre of the community

News Sep 25, 2009 Ancaster News

City staff is riding public transit into the next generation.

Led by Dundas Councillor Russ Powers and city transit director Don Hull, the public works committee has endorsed the Transit Vision 2040 from the Canadian Urban Transit Association.

Mr. Powers, an elected member of the CUTA, introduced Mr. Hull’s presentation on the 2040 plan at Monday’s meeting. Mr. Hull also sits on the organization’s board of directors.

Among several recommendations contained in the report, the CUTA stresses the need to put public transit at the centre of the community while also providing environmental sustainability, customer focus and ensuring financial health.

Mr. Hull said expanding Hamilton’s rapid transit networks is a key component of the city’s growth plan. He pointed to recent upgrades, including a new bus line to Waterdown, which are helping to connect Hamilton’s suburban communities to the downtown. The city is also studying other improvements such as automated stop announcements and global positioning software designed to help staff adjust bus routes and maximize efficiencies.

Green fleet

Mr. Hull said Hamilton already has one of Canada’s greenest fleets, with several hybrid electric buses. The Hamilton Street Railway has also equipped its buses with bicycle racks and low-floor accessibility to encourage more ridership.

The HSR has enjoyed success with its student bus pass programs for McMaster, Mohawk College and Redeemer University College. A free transit program has also been initiated for seniors 80-plus.

Mountain Councillor Tom Jackson said the city should study ways to encourage more white collar customers to use public transit.

“How do we get more suits riding the buses?” he asked.

Mr. Hull said convenience is the biggest factor for attracting new ridership.

“It has to be close to being at the same level of convenience as the automobile,” Mr. Hull said. “That’s the kind of frequency that attracts new riders.”

City endorses vision for future that puts public transit at centre of the community

News Sep 25, 2009 Ancaster News

City staff is riding public transit into the next generation.

Led by Dundas Councillor Russ Powers and city transit director Don Hull, the public works committee has endorsed the Transit Vision 2040 from the Canadian Urban Transit Association.

Mr. Powers, an elected member of the CUTA, introduced Mr. Hull’s presentation on the 2040 plan at Monday’s meeting. Mr. Hull also sits on the organization’s board of directors.

Among several recommendations contained in the report, the CUTA stresses the need to put public transit at the centre of the community while also providing environmental sustainability, customer focus and ensuring financial health.

Mr. Hull said expanding Hamilton’s rapid transit networks is a key component of the city’s growth plan. He pointed to recent upgrades, including a new bus line to Waterdown, which are helping to connect Hamilton’s suburban communities to the downtown. The city is also studying other improvements such as automated stop announcements and global positioning software designed to help staff adjust bus routes and maximize efficiencies.

Green fleet

Mr. Hull said Hamilton already has one of Canada’s greenest fleets, with several hybrid electric buses. The Hamilton Street Railway has also equipped its buses with bicycle racks and low-floor accessibility to encourage more ridership.

The HSR has enjoyed success with its student bus pass programs for McMaster, Mohawk College and Redeemer University College. A free transit program has also been initiated for seniors 80-plus.

Mountain Councillor Tom Jackson said the city should study ways to encourage more white collar customers to use public transit.

“How do we get more suits riding the buses?” he asked.

Mr. Hull said convenience is the biggest factor for attracting new ridership.

“It has to be close to being at the same level of convenience as the automobile,” Mr. Hull said. “That’s the kind of frequency that attracts new riders.”

City endorses vision for future that puts public transit at centre of the community

News Sep 25, 2009 Ancaster News

City staff is riding public transit into the next generation.

Led by Dundas Councillor Russ Powers and city transit director Don Hull, the public works committee has endorsed the Transit Vision 2040 from the Canadian Urban Transit Association.

Mr. Powers, an elected member of the CUTA, introduced Mr. Hull’s presentation on the 2040 plan at Monday’s meeting. Mr. Hull also sits on the organization’s board of directors.

Among several recommendations contained in the report, the CUTA stresses the need to put public transit at the centre of the community while also providing environmental sustainability, customer focus and ensuring financial health.

Mr. Hull said expanding Hamilton’s rapid transit networks is a key component of the city’s growth plan. He pointed to recent upgrades, including a new bus line to Waterdown, which are helping to connect Hamilton’s suburban communities to the downtown. The city is also studying other improvements such as automated stop announcements and global positioning software designed to help staff adjust bus routes and maximize efficiencies.

Green fleet

Mr. Hull said Hamilton already has one of Canada’s greenest fleets, with several hybrid electric buses. The Hamilton Street Railway has also equipped its buses with bicycle racks and low-floor accessibility to encourage more ridership.

The HSR has enjoyed success with its student bus pass programs for McMaster, Mohawk College and Redeemer University College. A free transit program has also been initiated for seniors 80-plus.

Mountain Councillor Tom Jackson said the city should study ways to encourage more white collar customers to use public transit.

“How do we get more suits riding the buses?” he asked.

Mr. Hull said convenience is the biggest factor for attracting new ridership.

“It has to be close to being at the same level of convenience as the automobile,” Mr. Hull said. “That’s the kind of frequency that attracts new riders.”