By Ryan McGreal
Published June 22, 2010
Did you catch this tidbit in today's Spectator?
Transit: The city is losing $300,000 from provincial gas tax funding, money that's doled out to cities based on population and transit ridership.
Since other municipalities in the area are investing in transit - and their ridership is becoming greater - those cities will receive more funding.
Hamilton's ridership hasn't increased at the same high rate, so the city expects a smaller gas tax contribution from the provincial government.
That's right. While the rest of the industrialized world is responding to energy price volatility by rolling out significant transit improvements, Hamilton has spent the past few years jacking up fare prices and nullifying the ridership gains that might otherwise have flowed from rising gas prices.
Now the provincial gas tax formula is punishing us for failing to do what just about every other city in North America managed to do: boost transit ridership during the first throes of the epochal paradigm shift (sorry, Ben) away from easy motoring.
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