By Nicholas Kevlahan
Published April 08, 2013
The recent reports on the poor growth in transit in Hamilton compared with other cities, in particular this CBC Hamilton article, are not surprising given how little we spend and the resulting poor level of service:
|City||Service Area Population||Square Kilometres||Gross Expenses||Active Fleet||Riders Per Capita||Service Hours Per Capita|
We are dead last in every single category apart from service area, mostly by a very large margin. (Also, why is it that we do not even serve 8 percent of the population, while the other cities seem to serve almost their entire population?)
Note that the City of Hamilton itself actually spends only $26.5 million of its own money on transit, or about 37% of the total. The balance comes from gas taxes and the fare box.
But maybe it is just because Hamilton is short of money, so let's compare Hamilton and Winnipeg's road budget for 2013:
Hamilton: $102 million
Winnipeg: $63 million (the "road construction and maintenance" budget is on p 40 of the report)
So Hamilton spends 60% more on roads than Winnipeg and 80% less on transit. This really illustrates our priorities!
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