Transportation Within & Into the City
The following is a transcript of notes taken from a
at the October 30th "Your City, Your Ideas" dialogue session.
Convenor: Jessica Butler
Number of Participants: 8
- New developments and the entire City Plan need to consider transportation
- Some considerations include:
- Dense population vs. Urban Sprawl
- Financial viability with regard to usage
- i.e., Free to senior citizens?
- Need efficient, convenient, precise times
- Shorter routes
- Options to consider: Carpooling, Shuttle vans
- Effective / successful regional transportation needs provincial
- Regional buses ("local bus") take passengers to transit point(s) - "Park and Ride"
- The City and outlying areas have to get on board (along with province) for this to work
- Tie public transit to poverty reduction: people need to get to work and back; give poverty-line citizens a means to get around
- "Transfers" mean standing in the snow: need frequent routes and shelters
- It is far too easy, cheap, and convenient to take your car rather than use the slow, convoluted, infrequent bus routes with limited shelters
- Walkability is also important
- Awnings over public buildings can help encourage walking and keep sidewalks clear of snow
- City could enforce sidewalk shoveling in both commercial and residential areas
- There is still something of a stigma attached to using public
transit in St. John's; it's still viewed as something that only
people with no other option use.
- Work to change the perception, and make it acceptable and appealing for any person in society to ride the bus
- Many of the participants of this group have taken public transit in other cities, and did so because it was easy, convenient, efficient, and cost-effective.