Why doesn’t HSR pro­mote its strengths?

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: HSR rid­er­ship de­clines as ser­vice im­proves (Feb. 1)

I don’t know why bus rid­er­ship is de­creas­ing, but have of­ten won­dered why the HSR does not ad­ver­tise its ser­vice. Why not pro­mote bus rid­er­ship not only as a way to get from A to B, but also as a way to learn what makes this town tick?

I was re­cently with peo­ple who had lived in Hamil­ton for less than five years. Con­ver­sa­tion turned to the HSR. Ev­ery­one had a story to tell of a driver who went out of their way to as­sist cer­tain pas­sen­gers, whom they of­ten knew by name. Pas­sen­gers in Hamil­ton, young and old, shout a word of thanks to the driver when they reach their stop and step off the bus. This form of civic man­ners is to be cel­e­brated.

Out there on the In­ter­net is a funny mu­si­cal cel­e­bra­tion of the Bar­ton bus, cre­ated by one of its riders and her many friends. It is called Won­der­bus #2. Watch it. It’ll make you fall in love with this city, its sense of hu­mour, and its fine ar­ray of dis­tinc­tive cit­i­zens — your neigh­bours, in other words — and hop on the next bus. John Terp­stra, Hamil­ton

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