Comment 87602

By Mal (anonymous) | Posted April 01, 2013 at 20:33:40 in reply to Comment 87601

IBI Group's March 2010 Operational Review of the HSR revealed that in order for Hamilton to meet its Vision 2020 targets for per capital ridership, the city should be putting no fewer than 15 new buses on the roads every year.

In January, a Spectator story noted that "About 17 or 18 buses are usually bought each year, although no buses are on order for 2013 due to citywide budget constraints, a saving of about $9 million."

http://www.thespec.com/news/local/article/877093--hsr-buses-going-back-to-natural-gas

Because operational costs continue to rise and fare box cost recovery is limited by perennial fare freezes, the HSR is constrained to a large extent by by the City's transit commitment (~$31 million per year), and susceptible to budget constraints that basically wipe out its ability to invest in rolling stock.

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