Spend new money on transit, not roads
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