Why doesn’t HSR promote its strengths?
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