Comment 116951

By Robert D (anonymous) | Posted March 10, 2016 at 14:54:37

I think the worst part of area rating is that it is also costing us provincial money.

Without sufficient local revenue being funded into the HSR, Hamilton has seen the growth of its public transit system stagnate compared to neighbours such as waterloo, Mississauga, and Brampton.

The provincial gas tax is allocated to cities based on their proportionate number of transit users. As the cities around us increase he number of trips taken on their system, if we don't keep up, we get an ever-shrinking slice of the pie.

Starving the transportation system of local funds by maintaining area rating is hurting our ability to grow trips, which in turn decreases our share of the gas tax.

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