Among the Budget discussions at City Council yesterday was a report about public transit and it did not paint an encouraging picture.
Ridership on Hamilton transit is not growing and it’s starting to cost us money.
The City will get $200,000 less from Gas Tax Revenue because that money is based on public transit ridership and frankly, we just don’t measure up.
And let’s not forget that the City is asking the Province to foot the bill for a one billion dollar LRT system.
To their credit, the City has attempted some enhancements to bus routes, but neither that, or the buzz about an LRT system has motivated more people to use public transit.
For those of us who want to see some kind of LRT system in Hamilton , this is troubling.
To build a business case for transit or any kind of transportation investment, you need critical mass, also known as customers and for whatever reason, it’s not happening here in Hamilton.
We can write blogs and editorials waxing eloquently about the benfits of public transit , but apparently, the public aren’t buying what we’re selling.
And with transit ridership flat lining, not only do we get less Gas Tax money, but the Province may think twice about pumping money into a system that isn’t working.