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 12:18:28 -0500
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  • signed via 2016-11-24 11:55:47 -0500
    Investing in transit is the only way to help move our city forward and away from the reliance on automobiles
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  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-11-24 11:44:23 -0500
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  • signed 2016-11-24 11:44:04 -0500
  • signed 2016-11-24 11:42:46 -0500
    Hamilton needs transit that serves all of the people, including those who live beyond the old city boundaries. Routes need to be re-thought, real-time information provided, and people need to be persuaded that taking transit is a simple and attractive way to travel.
  • signed 2016-11-24 11:38:09 -0500
  • signed 2016-11-24 11:35:23 -0500
    I support the increase of funding to the HSR to be better served by public transit.
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  • signed 2016-11-24 11:28:32 -0500
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  • signed 2016-11-24 11:19:28 -0500
  • signed 2016-11-24 11:18:56 -0500
    We need a properly funded public transit system in Hamilton! Our city is going through transformative change – and a robust transit system MUST be an integral part of this transition.
  • signed 2016-11-24 11:18:53 -0500
    Andrew Avsec
  • signed 2016-11-24 11:17:47 -0500
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  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-11-24 11:06:04 -0500
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