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?

  • Andrew Avsec
    signed 2016-11-24 11:18:53 -0500
    Andrew Avsec
  • Patrick Rose
    signed 2016-11-24 11:17:47 -0500
  • Anna Schafer
    signed 2016-11-24 11:13:22 -0500
  • Pauline Prowse Prowse
    signed 2016-11-24 11:07:05 -0500
  • Thea Haines
    signed 2016-11-24 11:06:56 -0500
  • Glenn Fletcher
    signed 2016-11-24 11:06:50 -0500
  • Danielle Hudson
    signed 2016-11-24 11:06:10 -0500
  • Mickayla Ruggiero
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-11-24 11:06:04 -0500
    Sign the petition: HSR Petition
  • Mickayla Ruggiero
    @magizarddoess tweeted link to this page. 2016-11-24 11:06:02 -0500
  • Mickayla Ruggiero
    signed 2016-11-24 11:05:39 -0500
  • Rita Bailey
    signed 2016-11-24 11:05:00 -0500
    I own a car but I walk and take transit around Hamilton as much as possible. I support more money going into transit to improve services. It is cheaper for a city to support transit than to repair expensive highways. Please use the gas tax money to help those who have no other choice get around our city.
  • Juby Lee
    signed 2016-11-24 11:03:41 -0500
    We need to support our HSR system. Other communities invest in their public transit and so can Hamilton!
  • Nicholas Kevlahan
    signed 2016-11-24 11:01:27 -0500
    Please use the resources you have to improve the HSR NOW!
  • Laura Anderson
    signed 2016-11-24 11:00:50 -0500
  • Brandy Champion
    signed 2016-11-24 11:00:32 -0500
  • Jeff Druery
    signed 2016-11-24 10:58:11 -0500
  • Leslie Arnott
    signed 2016-11-24 10:55:19 -0500
  • Matthew Pigott
    signed 2016-11-24 10:55:16 -0500
  • Tom Nagy
    signed 2016-11-24 10:54:45 -0500