Dear Ward 7 Neighbours,
This New Years my wife and I found ourselves in the odd position of not having any fixed plans.
The kids were with the grandparents and we had a few friends coming over, but nothing really planned out.
We briefly discussed going out for dinner and drinks, until we realized that there was not going to be any 2:00 a.m. HSR service – and since getting a cab on New Year Eve is more trouble than its worth we decided to just stay home and play Scrabble.
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We did end up driving down to Mezcal on James Street South for an early dinner and a couple drinks, but it was specifically the lack of extended HSR service that kept us from staying downtown for the rest of the evening.
Ironically, I just found out via Joey Coleman’s Twitter feed that the HSR did in fact have late night buses on the road – but nobody really knew about it (finding out five days late didn’t really help – read Joey’s article at The Public Record for the full story – and the Union’s response).
Our decision to stay home versus going out and spending money in Hamilton’s economy wasn’t any big philosophical decision – it was simply without HSR service at 2:00 a.m. there was no safe, reliable way for us to get home after a few drinks.
This leads me to wonder what the net economic impact was to the City’s economy as a direct result of the HSR not extending its service.
The good news part of this story is that Hamilton Transit Director David Dixon has already made an effort to fix this situation, and although it looks like some negotiations with the Union will be required, hopefully by New Years 2017 we can all jump on the bus to get home.
John-Paul Danko – Hamilton City Council Candidate
Ward 7 Hamilton Central Mountain