Last November, the city's Committee of the Whole turned back a staff recommendation to raise HSR transit fares starting in 2009, referring the proposal to the 2009 budget process. This week, Councillors rejected the proposal again, citing the claim by staff that falling oil prices have reduced pressure on the HSR budget.
Last year, after a fare increase in mid-2007 and at the start of 2008, transit ridership in Hamilton rose only one percent overall, far lower than the average for Canadian cities during a year when high gasoline prices had many people rethinking their transportation arrangements.
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