Spend new money on tran­sit, not roads

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: Hamil­ton on board with more gas tax cash (Jan. 26)

Ap­par­ently the On­tario Lib­er­als are promis­ing to pro­vide sub­stan­tial gas tax rev­enues to mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in 2019. In this ar­ti­cle we are told that stands to gain $10 mil­lion a year “to spend on tran­sit if….”

If only! Since when does Hamil­ton spend much more than a pit­tance of ex­ist­ing fed­eral gas tax money on tran­sit or other en­vi­ron­men­tally sus­tain­able in­fra­struc­ture?

The fact that Hamil­ton spends most of this money on roads (pro­mot­ing driv­ing in­stead of tran­sit) is the likely rea­son that Hamil­ton’s share of fed­eral gas tax money has dwin­dled as was men­tioned in the ar­ti­cle.

Gas tax trans­fers are based in large part on tran­sit rider­ship and the fail­ure of the city to in­vest in the HSR is hurt­ing rider­ship. Hamil­ton ranked last in rider­ship growth among large On­tario cities.

It is time to fix the HSR. Hamil­ton should spend more money on tran­sit not roads. James S. Quinn, Hamil­ton

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