Quick Facts on Hamilton Transit:

  • Hamilton has been spending increasingly less on transit over time. Adjusting for inflation to 2016 dollars, the city spent $83.85 million on transit in 1994, $61.15 million on transit in 2005, and $59.02 million on transit in 2016.
  • Hamilton City Council approved the Rapid Ready transit plan, which requires a capital investment of $156 million and a commitment to address an operating cost shortfall of $45 million. Council also approved the Ten Year Local Transit Strategy which includes a requirement to invest $57 million on new buses alone. While these plans have been approved, Council has yet to commit these dollars, and scheduled fare increases are insufficient to cover the costs.
  • Each year the federal government gives cities money generated from the federal gas tax with the intent that it be invested in projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, clean our air, and clean our water. Many cities across the country spend their gas tax money on transit. Of $32 million in federal gas tax transfers to Hamilton last year, $3 million went to transit and $29 million to road work.
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The Petition:

The HSR is broken and it’s time to fix it. We’re calling on Hamilton City Council to take our city’s transit needs seriously by committing to substantially increase funding for the HSR.

There are a number of actions Council can take in the short term to increase funding, such as spending more of our federal gas tax dollars on transit, like other cities do. Hamilton can also raise taxes to deliver the transit we need and deserve. The scheduled fare increases are not going to fix the HSR while tax dollars for transit remain stagnant.

Public transit is a public good, and enhancing service will bring benefits to residents across Hamilton.

Will you sign?

  • signed 2017-11-09 20:58:15 -0500
  • signed 2017-11-09 20:27:42 -0500
    I support increasing the City’s financial investment in public transit.
  • signed 2017-11-09 20:20:44 -0500
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  • signed 2017-11-09 18:04:32 -0500
  • signed 2017-11-09 17:55:53 -0500
  • signed 2017-11-09 17:50:59 -0500
    Drastically lower transit fares. Put the light rail on the mountain. Quit buggering around with the one-way traffic system! RIGHT ON! Three things that need to be done. Please do not burden us lower city folk with the light rail. Please quit changing the one-way streets that are so necessary in the lower city. Make transit fares affordable for the poor – of which we have many in Hamilton. $2 or less is more than enough.
  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-11-09 17:31:50 -0500
    Sign the petition! #FixtheHSR #HamOnt
  • signed 2017-11-09 17:31:31 -0500
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  • signed 2017-11-09 17:01:52 -0500
    Mary K Sealey
  • signed 2017-11-09 17:00:53 -0500
  • signed 2017-11-09 16:59:04 -0500
    HSR is vital!
  • signed 2017-11-09 16:58:45 -0500
    Don’t waste rolling stock resources!!!!
  • signed 2017-11-09 16:55:18 -0500
    Each bus takes may cars off the road. It is less destructive to the roads, and less polluting than the equivalent car numbers. And it is a public good, which needs to be supported.
  • signed 2017-11-04 21:06:58 -0400
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  • signed via 2017-11-04 00:58:27 -0400
  • signed via 2017-11-03 23:29:14 -0400
  • signed via 2017-11-03 19:26:09 -0400
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  • signed via 2017-11-03 18:03:27 -0400
  • signed 2017-11-03 17:18:59 -0400
    68hrs a week is dangerous territory. You will end up with employees who are physically fatigued, stressed, mentally exhausted and suseptable to a breakdown. You will have drivers calling in sick, quitting, going on stress leave and disability and no one can blame them. As this happens the service will only get worse because there will be even fewer drivers. Invest more money in hiring drivers and getting more buses on the road!
  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-11-03 17:18:18 -0400
    Sign the petition! #FixtheHSR #HamOnt


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