I'm grateful for the opportunity to use a transportation option that is better for the environment in which my family and I live.
By Joshua Weresch
Published January 12, 2015
I am a Hamiltonian born and raised and living in the neighbourhood of Centremount with my wife and two daughters. As a songwriter and a supply teacher with the public school board, I use public transit daily to move from our home to my current teaching location, Sherwood Secondary.
It's a short trip southbound on the 21 Kenilworth bus, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to use a transportation option that is better for the environment in which my family and I live.
Of course, there are many more automobiles on the road than buses. But I hope that, with continued investment in public transit – whether by the continuance of the King Street bus only lane or by the full diversion of the federal gasoline tax revenue to public transit and away from roads infrastructure – that picture will change.
The bus-only lane is a testament, of sorts, of the city's commitment to caring for its citizens by improving the city's air quality. It puts the benefits of a more complete street, a street on which all manner of traffic can co-exist, above the purported benefits of the lane's absence.
According to Clean Air Hamilton, transportation is the leading cause of nitrous oxide emissions, volatile organic compounds, and carbon monoxide in the city. Imagine how clarifying our city could be if the volume of automobiles was reduced.
I look forward to Council's time and attention in these regards. In sum, please continue to keep the bus-only lane operational and expand investment in public transit outward from that point.
This article is adapted from a letter to Council.
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