COMMUNITY COLUMNIST: Here’s the best transit system for Hamilton

Opinion May 28, 2015 by Lucio Palazzo Hamilton Mountain News

The older I get, the closer I gravitate toward public transit and less to a car.

Why not? I can read, listen to music, close my eyes and rest – or even make a new friend —while someone else does the driving!

What, though, is the ideal, the best, the perfect transit system for Hamilton?

I’m going to stick my neck out and say, “I think I got it!”

We want to get across town or up/down the Mountain quickly. We’d also like to get around our own neighborhoods without having to use a car.

The solution? A neighborhood bus (Los Angeles calls it the DASH) along with bus rapid transit (BRT). There you have it.

A neighborhhood bus provides frequent, convenient and inexpensive service to neighborhoods within the Greater Hamilton Area. Routes would travel within the given neighborhoods and connect riders to other citywide transit options, including other neighborhood buses, BRT and regional services like GoTransit.  

A transit system of this nature could eliminate the need to own a vehicle. This option provides individuals from all walks of life equal access and convenience. I’ve experienced this transit option and it works!

Here are a few examples. The downtown businessperson could easily visit a client nearby by simply hopping on the neighborhood bus. A McMaster student could visit a Locke Street Eatery quickly and cheaply.

An elderly person could take a neighborhood bus to their pharmacy or grocery store and individuals with disabilities would have tremendous freedom to run errands, visit friends and roam about their neighborhood.

A good transit system is all about options and convenience. For instance, an individual living near Pier 4 could take their neighborhood bus and link to a BRT headed to the John C. Munro International Airport.

If I’m Christmas shopping at Lime Ridge Mall and decide I’d like to check out Centre Mall, I could just hop on the mall-to-mall BRT easily and conveniently. How awesome would that be?

With more meetings on the future of transit coming up, I hope these options will be part of the discussion.

Lucio Palazzo was a 20-year resident of Los Angeles who moved back to Hamilton in 2001.

If you would like to write in this space, call editor Gord Bowes at 905-664-8800 ext. 335.

COMMUNITY COLUMNIST: Here’s the best transit system for Hamilton

Opinion May 28, 2015 by Lucio Palazzo Hamilton Mountain News

The older I get, the closer I gravitate toward public transit and less to a car.

Why not? I can read, listen to music, close my eyes and rest – or even make a new friend —while someone else does the driving!

What, though, is the ideal, the best, the perfect transit system for Hamilton?

I’m going to stick my neck out and say, “I think I got it!”

We want to get across town or up/down the Mountain quickly. We’d also like to get around our own neighborhoods without having to use a car.

The solution? A neighborhood bus (Los Angeles calls it the DASH) along with bus rapid transit (BRT). There you have it.

A neighborhhood bus provides frequent, convenient and inexpensive service to neighborhoods within the Greater Hamilton Area. Routes would travel within the given neighborhoods and connect riders to other citywide transit options, including other neighborhood buses, BRT and regional services like GoTransit.  

A transit system of this nature could eliminate the need to own a vehicle. This option provides individuals from all walks of life equal access and convenience. I’ve experienced this transit option and it works!

Here are a few examples. The downtown businessperson could easily visit a client nearby by simply hopping on the neighborhood bus. A McMaster student could visit a Locke Street Eatery quickly and cheaply.

An elderly person could take a neighborhood bus to their pharmacy or grocery store and individuals with disabilities would have tremendous freedom to run errands, visit friends and roam about their neighborhood.

A good transit system is all about options and convenience. For instance, an individual living near Pier 4 could take their neighborhood bus and link to a BRT headed to the John C. Munro International Airport.

If I’m Christmas shopping at Lime Ridge Mall and decide I’d like to check out Centre Mall, I could just hop on the mall-to-mall BRT easily and conveniently. How awesome would that be?

With more meetings on the future of transit coming up, I hope these options will be part of the discussion.

Lucio Palazzo was a 20-year resident of Los Angeles who moved back to Hamilton in 2001.

If you would like to write in this space, call editor Gord Bowes at 905-664-8800 ext. 335.

COMMUNITY COLUMNIST: Here’s the best transit system for Hamilton

Opinion May 28, 2015 by Lucio Palazzo Hamilton Mountain News

The older I get, the closer I gravitate toward public transit and less to a car.

Why not? I can read, listen to music, close my eyes and rest – or even make a new friend —while someone else does the driving!

What, though, is the ideal, the best, the perfect transit system for Hamilton?

I’m going to stick my neck out and say, “I think I got it!”

We want to get across town or up/down the Mountain quickly. We’d also like to get around our own neighborhoods without having to use a car.

The solution? A neighborhood bus (Los Angeles calls it the DASH) along with bus rapid transit (BRT). There you have it.

A neighborhhood bus provides frequent, convenient and inexpensive service to neighborhoods within the Greater Hamilton Area. Routes would travel within the given neighborhoods and connect riders to other citywide transit options, including other neighborhood buses, BRT and regional services like GoTransit.  

A transit system of this nature could eliminate the need to own a vehicle. This option provides individuals from all walks of life equal access and convenience. I’ve experienced this transit option and it works!

Here are a few examples. The downtown businessperson could easily visit a client nearby by simply hopping on the neighborhood bus. A McMaster student could visit a Locke Street Eatery quickly and cheaply.

An elderly person could take a neighborhood bus to their pharmacy or grocery store and individuals with disabilities would have tremendous freedom to run errands, visit friends and roam about their neighborhood.

A good transit system is all about options and convenience. For instance, an individual living near Pier 4 could take their neighborhood bus and link to a BRT headed to the John C. Munro International Airport.

If I’m Christmas shopping at Lime Ridge Mall and decide I’d like to check out Centre Mall, I could just hop on the mall-to-mall BRT easily and conveniently. How awesome would that be?

With more meetings on the future of transit coming up, I hope these options will be part of the discussion.

Lucio Palazzo was a 20-year resident of Los Angeles who moved back to Hamilton in 2001.

If you would like to write in this space, call editor Gord Bowes at 905-664-8800 ext. 335.