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?

  • janet fisher
    signed 2017-11-10 07:58:49 -0500
  • Rajireddy Myakala
    signed 2017-11-10 06:11:06 -0500
    Maintain, Manage, Keep calm and working
  • Dean Carriere
    signed 2017-11-09 23:16:41 -0500
  • sylvia jarrett
    signed 2017-11-09 22:47:00 -0500
    increase service frequency on school routes during rush hour
  • Jeremy Gernhaelder
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-11-09 20:59:38 -0500
    Sign the petition! #FixtheHSR #HamOnt...if you have ever been stuck waiting for transit that never came, sign now
  • Jeremy Gernhaelder
    signed 2017-11-09 20:58:15 -0500
  • Gary Warner
    signed 2017-11-09 20:27:42 -0500
    I support increasing the City’s financial investment in public transit.
  • Bob Gilbank
    signed 2017-11-09 20:20:44 -0500
  • Tom Lowden Lowden
    signed 2017-11-09 20:01:39 -0500
  • Diane Fields
    signed 2017-11-09 19:14:04 -0500
  • Theresa McCuaig
    signed 2017-11-09 19:04:04 -0500
  • Robin Cameron
    signed 2017-11-09 18:40:50 -0500
  • Debbie Hillje
    signed 2017-11-09 18:40:13 -0500
  • Cyndy Thomas
    signed 2017-11-09 18:33:36 -0500
  • Carma Pollock
    signed 2017-11-09 18:13:50 -0500
  • R. Saunders
    signed 2017-11-09 18:04:32 -0500
  • Martin Suichies
    signed 2017-11-09 17:55:53 -0500
  • Gail Ozolins
    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.
  • Don Brown
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-11-09 17:31:50 -0500
    Sign the petition! #FixtheHSR #HamOnt
  • Don Brown
    signed 2017-11-09 17:31:31 -0500
  • brian wylie
    signed 2017-11-09 17:10:17 -0500
  • Ron and Mary Sealey
    signed 2017-11-09 17:01:52 -0500
    Mary K Sealey
  • Rick Zingel
    signed 2017-11-09 17:00:53 -0500
  • Jeff Zuk
    signed 2017-11-09 16:59:04 -0500
    HSR is vital!
  • David Smith
    signed 2017-11-09 16:58:45 -0500
    Don’t waste rolling stock resources!!!!
  • Robert James
    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.
  • Emily Bain
    signed 2017-11-04 21:06:58 -0400
  • Alain H Bureau
    signed 2017-11-04 16:00:29 -0400
  • Krystina Koc
    signed via 2017-11-04 00:58:27 -0400
  • Aarij Ahmed
    signed via 2017-11-03 23:29:14 -0400

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