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?

  • Babruit Buttar
    signed 2017-03-20 09:35:00 -0400
  • Michael Stempfer
    signed 2017-03-20 09:33:22 -0400
  • Ron Ballentine
    signed 2017-03-19 17:54:42 -0400
  • Justin Sharp
    signed 2017-03-17 15:03:48 -0400
  • Ingrid Lemire
    signed 2017-03-17 15:03:15 -0400
  • Beittany Anguish
    signed 2017-03-17 15:02:39 -0400
  • Lorri Fox
    signed 2017-03-17 15:02:09 -0400
  • Danielle Grecca
    signed 2017-03-17 15:01:18 -0400
  • Valeutiuc Suajli
    signed 2017-03-17 13:55:59 -0400
  • Asmin T
    signed 2017-03-17 13:54:57 -0400
  • Brandon Langford
    signed 2017-03-17 13:54:24 -0400
  • Daniela Balantac
    signed 2017-03-17 13:53:28 -0400
  • Camille Balda
    signed 2017-03-17 13:52:28 -0400
  • Moustafa
    signed 2017-03-17 13:51:40 -0400
  • Brad Wise
    signed 2017-03-17 12:00:55 -0400
  • Ashley MacDonald
    signed 2017-03-17 11:58:54 -0400
  • Nusrat Mir
    signed 2017-03-17 11:54:13 -0400
  • Carol Hoblyn
    signed 2017-03-17 11:43:42 -0400
  • Thomas Antony
    signed 2017-03-17 11:42:11 -0400
  • Kelsi Cui
    signed 2017-03-17 11:37:15 -0400
  • Sherwa Geale
    signed 2017-03-17 11:31:09 -0400
  • Alysha Mattos
    signed 2017-03-17 11:24:48 -0400
  • Carlos Barba
    signed 2017-03-17 11:23:46 -0400
  • Naha Fatma
    signed 2017-03-17 11:21:45 -0400
  • Nimmra Chaudhry
    signed 2017-03-17 10:49:23 -0400
  • Manisha M
    signed 2017-03-17 10:47:07 -0400
  • Sifath An-Rafi
    signed 2017-03-17 10:46:29 -0400
  • Marko Banko
    signed 2017-03-17 10:44:22 -0400
  • Caleb Kim
    signed 2017-03-17 10:43:30 -0400
  • Aditaya Sukand
    signed 2017-03-17 10:42:57 -0400

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