I’ve had a back and forth going on Twitter with a gentleman who is very much in favour of finding 811 million dollars to build the Hamilton B Line LRT.
And I’d like to thank him for making me think, a lot on the transit issue. I’m at a bit of a disadvantage when it comes to transit in Hamilton. The last time I was on the HSR (other than going to the Winona Peach Festival) was Grey Cup 96! It’s been a while since I’ve been on a bus.
So I researched. A Subway is somewhere between 125-225 million per km. And the LRT is roughly 60 million per km.
My argument is that the money still doesn’t exist and I would expect that transit will be one of the first things the province will cut when the belt tightens.
And I thought about Uber. Uber is an app that is gaining popularity, it’s like a ride share app and cities that get Uber see a lot more car pooling very quickly. Now I’m not recommending that we abandon transit for Uber, that is very dangerous.
What I would like to suggest is that we develop, and copyright a transit app for the HSR and can receive licensing revenues from. An app that will tell HSR users the status of their preferred routes, on time/delayed notices and an estimate of how far the next bus is. Bus stops can have QR codes that will do the same thing, only with more accurate details.
LRT and Subway will at some point be vital to Hamilton. But that time is not within any time soon I suggest. We can build the best bus based transit system in the world and technology is a great step forward!