Hamilton CATCH has an informative piece recapping the divisive council meeting regarding HSR fares.
It also highlights two other pieces of info that were overshadowed by Merulla's antics:
The rejection by council to hire a cycling coordinator. It was suggested to have a staff person in charge of alternative transportation (which makes sense considering the entire economic development and planning departments have dozens of staff people pre-occupied with making cars the only option to traverse our city).
Budgeted money for cycling improvements was taken out of the budget for this year (a whopping $300,000) since last years money wasn't spent yet.
Well, that's what happens when nobody at city hall is tasked with the job of overseeing these projects and when the rest of the staff couldn't care less.
I guess last year's cycling money will just get carried over year after year indefinitely.
One final note - we received less gas tax money for transit this year. Chopping a minimum of 550,000 riders from the HSR this year will guarantee a repeat of that next year too.
We can't really blame the province for everything when our own leadership is lacking.
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