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 via 2016-11-24 14:16:15 -0500
  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-11-24 14:14:50 -0500
    Sign the petition: HSR Petition
  • signed 2016-11-24 14:14:36 -0500
  • signed 2016-11-24 14:10:10 -0500
  • signed 2016-11-24 14:07:49 -0500
  • @_daniellekydd tweeted link to this page. 2016-11-24 14:05:26 -0500
  • signed 2016-11-24 14:04:06 -0500
  • signed 2016-11-24 13:56:48 -0500
    Fast, reliable, comprehensive public transit is imperative to a healthy city.
  • signed 2016-11-24 13:55:58 -0500
  • signed 2016-11-24 13:54:21 -0500
  • signed 2016-11-24 13:50:26 -0500
  • signed 2016-11-24 13:46:37 -0500
    It is time to improve service to give Hamiltonians an opportunity to leave the car at home. The decrease in greenhouse gases is needed now.
  • signed 2016-11-24 13:45:18 -0500
  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-11-24 13:33:49 -0500
    Sign the petition: HSR Petition
  • signed 2016-11-24 13:33:04 -0500
  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-11-24 13:27:39 -0500
    Sign the petition: HSR Petition
  • @DCBoyter tweeted link to this page. 2016-11-24 13:27:37 -0500
  • signed 2016-11-24 13:12:28 -0500
  • signed 2016-11-24 13:12:20 -0500
    Transit issues affect lower-income people the most, people who generally pay less property tax as many of these people live in rental properties (and do not own cars). This is undoubtedly the reason councillors ignore transit i.e. don’t want to upset “Taxpayers!” However, people in Hamilton have seen their property values skyrocket in recent times. Therefore increase property taxes accordingly, and properly fund transit. Don’t be gutless. Do what everyone else seems to be doing. PROPERLY FUND TRANSIT.
  • signed 2016-11-24 13:10:29 -0500
  • signed 2016-11-24 13:08:43 -0500
    Fix the HSR for the whole city and implement LRT now!
  • signed 2016-11-24 13:03:14 -0500
  • @BobBerberick tweeted link to this page. 2016-11-24 12:56:22 -0500
  • signed 2016-11-24 12:55:28 -0500
  • signed 2016-11-24 12:54:26 -0500
    It is long past the time to bring the HSR up to the standard of a city of half a million people. Do what is needed: Fix the HSR now.
  • signed 2016-11-24 12:48:56 -0500
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  • signed 2016-11-24 12:44:41 -0500
  • signed 2016-11-24 12:44:03 -0500
  • signed 2016-11-24 12:38:36 -0500

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