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Hamilton City Council to discuss free transit today

Hamilton’s City Council will meet today to discuss a plan to offer free transit services to residents of the city.

Council will discuss recommendations from its Works Committee and a staff report outlining various ways that the City could offer free transit services, including:

  • operating transit services at no cost to riders during smog-alert or heat-alert days;
  • operating transit services at no cost to passengers on certain days of the week;
  • operating transit services at no cost to passengers during certain times of the year;
  • operating transit services at no cost to seniors; and
  • operating transit services every day of the week at no cost to any passengers.

Offering free transit services results from a motion by Councillor Sam Merulla and the staff report highlights these options and other and the cost to the City for each one.

At its meeting, Council will also consider a Works Committe report that recommends turning the south side of Gore Park into a pedestrian mall. (This recommendation would require the Hamilton Street Railway to move the downtown terminal for eight bus routes and remove all transit service from the southern leg of King Street East.) It will also review another report recommending that the HSR operate from new downtown transit terminals on McNab Street South and along Hunter Street East at the Hamilton GO Centre.

Hamilton City Council meets at 9:30 a.m. in the Albion Room of the Hamilton Convention Centre, 1 Summers Lane.

You can view the Council agenda here. You can read the Works Committee report, including recommendations on free transit services, the Gore Park pedestrian mall and the downtown transit terminal here.