Sahra Soudi's HSR problems aren't just a matter of missed buses or jammed routes. Sometimes, they bring the threat of violence. People have hurled racial insults at her. Once, someone poured hot coffee on her mom. Soudi says she's seen swastikas and "kill all Muslims" doodled with black Sharpie. She's complained about it, only to get on the same bus later that week and see it still there. Soudi wants diversity training for drivers to deal with such incidents.
At least one Hamilton city councillor wants to look at a system where transit gets as much attention as roads, and everyone will ride the bus for free. Sam Merulla, Ward 4 councillor, says he'll bring a motion forward to look at scrapping HSR fares altogether. He also wants to scrap area rating, which would distribute the cost of transit equally across the city. Right now, people pay for roads through their property taxes, Merulla said, but not fares out of pocket like transit users do.
Hamilton city council will cast an emergency vote Wednesday to hire 58 more bus drivers after news that some current drivers are working 68-hour weeks. Mayor Fred Eisenberger will ask council to approve hiring the full-time equivalent of 58 HSR drivers, increasing the number of drivers on the road by 12 per cent. The move comes after news HSR's absentee rate is about 19 per cent. That means existing drivers are working long hours of overtime to make up for it.
@FredEisenberger That was perhaps the strangest motion passing I've ever seen in my gazillion years of covering meetings. it was like Ferguson: "No, we passed it!" Whitehead: "No, we didn't!" Clerk: "You didn't." Whitehead: "Oh, fine"
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