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?

  • Ryan Deshpande
    signed via 2017-11-03 19:26:09 -0400
  • Urszula Sitarz
    signed via 2017-11-03 18:21:20 -0400
  • Shemar Hackett
    signed via 2017-11-03 18:03:27 -0400
  • Erin Shacklette
    signed 2017-11-03 17:18:59 -0400
    68hrs a week is dangerous territory. You will end up with employees who are physically fatigued, stressed, mentally exhausted and suseptable to a breakdown. You will have drivers calling in sick, quitting, going on stress leave and disability and no one can blame them. As this happens the service will only get worse because there will be even fewer drivers. Invest more money in hiring drivers and getting more buses on the road!
  • Erin Shacklette
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-11-03 17:18:18 -0400
    Sign the petition! #FixtheHSR #HamOnt
  • joshua yachouh
    signed via 2017-11-03 15:09:45 -0400
  • Stephanie Marie Bertolo
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-11-03 14:17:27 -0400
    Sign the petition! #FixtheHSR #HamOnt
  • Stephanie Marie Bertolo
    @misstephani3b tweeted link to this page. 2017-11-03 14:17:23 -0400
  • Stephanie Bertolo
    signed 2017-11-03 14:16:58 -0400
    Stephanie Bertolo
  • Bill Johnston
    signed 2017-11-03 11:36:18 -0400
    Use the gas tax fund money for transit. A first step might be that in 2018, every dollar spent on roads would be matched by a dollar spent on transit.. Then move to 2 to 1 for transit in 2019. Investing in better transit is a key investment in a healthier environment as well as in economic development and anti-poverty efforts.
  • Henry Chen
    signed 2017-11-02 10:54:02 -0400
  • Michelle Larouche
    signed 2017-11-02 08:16:26 -0400
  • Patrick Speissegger
    signed 2017-11-02 03:19:39 -0400
  • Steve Corneil
    signed 2017-11-02 02:34:20 -0400
  • Alexandria Robson
    signed 2017-11-01 23:19:13 -0400
  • Andrew Karczynski
    signed 2017-11-01 21:44:39 -0400
  • Brandon Portman-Secuur
    signed 2017-11-01 21:12:53 -0400
  • Michelle Elliott
    signed 2017-11-01 18:14:43 -0400
  • James Strack
    signed 2017-11-01 17:57:36 -0400
  • Ryan Plestid
    signed 2017-11-01 16:47:44 -0400
    The HSR is an important part of our city, and growing transit ridership is essential as we move forward. The citizens of Hamilton deserve good, reliable transit.
  • Leandro Cordeiro
    signed 2017-11-01 14:09:37 -0400
  • Ian Reynolds
    signed 2017-11-01 13:02:06 -0400
  • Alana Baltzer
    signed 2017-11-01 12:45:48 -0400
  • Danielle Gibbons
    signed 2017-11-01 12:30:03 -0400
  • Rachel Katz
    signed 2017-11-01 11:56:16 -0400
  • Brigitte Huard
    signed 2017-11-01 10:48:01 -0400
    Brigitte Huard
  • Vicki Scott
    signed 2017-11-01 10:40:16 -0400
  • Douglas Gerow
    signed 2017-10-19 23:52:44 -0400
    I actually bought a vehicle for work so I did not have to rely on the HSR. How many times a bus would pass, with room still to get onboard. I vowed a car, I now have two.. When I lived in Toronto, I would never have given thought to driving.. Here in Hamilton? You made it necessary to place more dependence on a car.

    Look at Main Street! It’s a multilane highway.. Walking west from Queen Street towards Locke along King or Main.. It’s cars.. moving fast.. Too bad for those poor pedestrians trying to have a pleasant chat in our dear city. Hamilton’s friend the car takes precedent..
  • Boris K
    signed 2017-10-18 22:05:48 -0400
  • Chelsea Cox
    signed 2017-10-13 09:06:38 -0400