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 2016-11-24 16:33:56 -0500
    The year is 2016 folks. Public Transit makes cents for everyone. We all say yes. Why aren’t you, City Council?
  • signed 2016-11-24 16:29:24 -0500
  • signed 2016-11-24 16:26:47 -0500
  • signed 2016-11-24 16:13:53 -0500
  • signed 2016-11-24 16:11:40 -0500
    With the School Board providing HSR passes for our children to get to school now, the City of Hamilton has a more important obligation to provide enough transit to allow students to get to and from school efficiently and safely. Currently there is a shortage of transit along Mohawk Road on the Hamilton Mountain. Bus drivers pass by my children sometimes because the bus is over filled. This has forced us to drive our children to school often over the years. We receive no compensation, and more drivers on the road just adds to the problem of global warming. If our School Board and City are not helping to solve transit and other climate-change related problems, then who will? It is your job to do better for those who pay your salaries — and our future. Better public transit will reduce the numbers of cars on our roads and allow parents to comfortably rely on the HSR to transport our children when they need a ride. Improve public transit as fast as you can!
  • signed 2016-11-24 16:10:16 -0500
  • signed via 2016-11-24 16:04:59 -0500
    Let’s work to provide better transit for Hamilton’s citizens and keep funding promises already made.
  • signed 2016-11-24 16:00:49 -0500
    I think if the council rode #2 Barton for a few weekdays, sandwiched between screaming babies, a few intoxicated men, and someone bleeding out of a fresh head wound on a tiny bus; they’d be more inclined to fix our transit system.
  • signed via 2016-11-24 15:44:59 -0500
    Nathan Savelli
  • signed 2016-11-24 15:39:55 -0500
  • signed 2016-11-24 15:36:09 -0500
  • signed 2016-11-24 15:31:01 -0500
  • signed 2016-11-24 15:25:35 -0500
  • signed 2016-11-24 15:24:20 -0500
    Can the LRT; fix the HSR
  • signed 2016-11-24 15:18:16 -0500
  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-11-24 15:16:32 -0500
    Sign the petition: HSR Petition
  • signed 2016-11-24 15:14:03 -0500
  • @bike_locke tweeted link to this page. 2016-11-24 15:12:12 -0500
  • signed 2016-11-24 15:01:41 -0500
    The hsr is stuck in torpor. The city has made many plans for the hsr, but has not followed through. Routes need to be reconsidered, more express routes need to be added, and more frequent service on major mountain routes.
  • signed 2016-11-24 14:52:49 -0500
  • signed 2016-11-24 14:51:39 -0500
  • signed 2016-11-24 14:49:47 -0500
  • signed 2016-11-24 14:48:51 -0500
  • signed 2016-11-24 14:48:18 -0500
  • signed 2016-11-24 14:45:30 -0500
  • signed 2016-11-24 14:35:26 -0500
    Daniela Suarez
  • signed 2016-11-24 14:26:52 -0500
  • signed via 2016-11-24 14:24:03 -0500
  • signed 2016-11-24 14:17:44 -0500
    Hamilton must spend a much larger portion of the federal gas tax it receives on Transit. The tax is designed to fund sustainable activities like transit, it is not meant to fund filling in pot holes or renovating city hall.
  • signed 2016-11-24 14:16:28 -0500

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