HSR ANNOUNCES WEIGHT-BASED BUS FARES

HSR Bus

Roomier bus, more tax revenue, incentives for healthy lifestyle just some of the reasons given by city staff for new fares – photo by vomsorb

Update:  Airline Implements Weight-Based Fare, Influenced by Hamilton

An angry gut reaction from the public greeted Hamilton Street Rail’s new weight-based bus fare announcement.   Although 60.9% of Hamiltonians are overweight or obese, critics say this bloated by-law will penalize the wrong people.

Scales built into the entrance ramps will be phased in over the course of two years, beginning in 2014.  Each rider’s weight will show on a sign at the front of the bus.   The flat rate is $2.00 for the first 180 lbs, with anything above that increasing $0.05 for every 10 lbs.

Fat Caliper

You have to pinch the passenger – Dr. Peever – photo by skamille

“The intention is noble,” says Dr. Lyle Peevers, a general practitioner in Stoney Creek.  “But muscle weighs more than fat.  I suggested using a body fat caliper in conjunction with the scale – otherwise they’re charging the wrong people.”

This is not the first time the transit system has been affected by City Hall’s concern for obesity.  Last December, the City Staff suggested a halt on LRT because it arms portly Hamiltonians with excuses to avoid walking.

The full report outlined tax savings, less-crowded buses, and a shared burden of the health care system.   When reporter, Coleman Joey, asked if it was possible that this by-law may violate citizens rights, long-time staffer, Kip Midmeal quipped, “Fat chance.”

The talks concerning weight-based fares are far from over.  Mayor Bob Bratina , however, would nip this growing issue in the bud before it “weighs down council any longer.”

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72 thoughts on “HSR ANNOUNCES WEIGHT-BASED BUS FARES

  1. Are you freakin kidding me about the weight based bus..Some people are over weight for a lot of other reasons not just over eating..As far as getting more people to start walking what about the people that can’t..Why not show how much the fat asses weigh that are trying to come up with this damn idea !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How pathetic is the system to come up with that to get more money out of people like it’s not hard enough to get by & to put their weight out there for everyone to see now do you want to talk about bullying..same thing to embarrass someone like that should be against the law..I’ll never visit Hamilton again if something like that happens !!!!!!!

    • I agree, lets see some of the fat ass people at city hall pay by weight to get in the front door and see if they like it, and it would make the city some money

    • youre actually stupid as fuck. if you had half the mind youd realize this violates everything when it comes to ones inalienable right to personal confidentiality, and that this bares little importance because odds are it is a shot at hamilton and its evident over population of those individuals who fall n the category of being overweight who you constantly see on the bus for 2 blocks so they dont have to walk to get their breakfast. you want to critisize, start with yourself and evaluate your ability to logically come to a conclusion without looking like a complete fucking too in the process. people like you shouldnt be entitled to a two sense.

      • I like your passion, kawa445. But doesn’t everyone have a right to two senses at least? Also, there’s no need to call some one a ‘too.’ We like to maintain a certain level of respect in our comment section.

    • Yes, Hamiltons budget will definitely get a boost in revenue when this takes effect…lots of lard butts in the city. I think it is a fair policy Debbie, but I dont think skinnys like me will get a credit for not being obese.

  2. This is ridiculous and unethical I have been an hsr rider for years and the second I step on a bus and it shows my weight n tells me what I owe to ride is the day I sue the asses outta them assh***s that is completely wrong and discriminatory I am extremely offended by this :(

    • Well then you better watch your weight. HSR will only vary the policy when an infant is being carried. A 3 kilo allowance will be made.

      Ok. I’m kidding. Hammer In The News is satire!

    • I think originally that the HSR was planning to flash the weight of boarding riders on the digital sign boards inside the bus for all to see, but that has since been recinded. Only the driver will see the weight on the dashboard of the bus.

  3. Its fucking fake Google the names of the reporters and doctors they are fake names!! Come on people don’t be so gullible

  4. I do not ride the HSR as I drive myself. However I am at a loss for words here… No wonder so many folks are sick of Hamilton and it foolish mentality… Hamilton is already a poor/hurting Provence but on top of all that lets make the disabled/weak/poor/over weight people pay for it… BOO shame on HAMILTON is this just a money grabbing scam to make up for the money lost to the BS web site they lost money on?

  5. That is insane, and what about the drivers themselves, are you going to make them loose weight too? most of your drivers are overweight themselves…..HSR you better leave things the way they are or your gonna have one pissed off city.

    • Drivers who are unwilling to get fit and get the weight down are going to have a problem. Random weigh-ins during their shift may have the driver kicked off the bus, leaving the passengers stranded.

      • Thats not what I was told: The driver’s weight will be averaged by the number of passengers on the bus. For example: if the driver weighs 200lbs and there are 4 people currently on the bus, the 5th to board will have 1/5 the driver’s weight (40lbs) added to their total weigh-in. The goal is in part to extract additional revenue from low demand and off-peak routes, which will be staffed by the HSR’s largest drivers. I guess it’s still better than walking in the rain…

  6. discriminating is the least of this issue, to be penalized because of how much you weigh based on the amount, to have what may seem to be private to most as an actual scale to tell someone what to sell, I for one, would be the first to sue!! and no way in hell would they be able to come back from this one, worse than sex descrimiation as far as I am concerned

  7. Have u seen sime of the bus drivers? Perhaps the hsr should look in their pwn backyard before it attacks it’s customer base. Sp if ypur blind n fat what next. Welcome to hamilyon u visually impaired fat bastards…

  8. Need 1-1/2 seats? No problem. For an additional 5¢ per pound, a passenger will get an expanding seat. So if you weigh in at 200 lbs, you’ll pay only $2.20 including that extra-wide seat.

  9. This is disgusting…this is discrimination? Wtf are you thinking. I am a single mother who take her 2mon old on the bus almost everyday…are you going to make me pay for my strollera weight too? If so thats bs! Not all people are obese by choice…this is why people will and have left hamilton…because the council are a bunch of a-holes. Your drivers weigh maybe 250+ and sit on their asses and dont do nothing but we have to pay? No way. If their on the bus they should have to pay a fee. This is bullshit.

  10. this would be discrimination and against our rights … no one has a say in someone being overweight or obese but that person. if they want to eat and get fat let them it’s not affecting you but if you want to embarrass overweight people because the city wants to make money they can guarentee a lot of people will stop taking the bus so they don’t get money ciao!

    • People do have a say in other people being overweight if they’re more than 40% fat they’re overweight its facts. And yes overly obese people affect me while on the bus when they take up 2 seats plus

    • If fat people are not embarrassed already cassandraaa, weighing in like herds of cattle would not offend them in the least. Its all about keeping the money flowing so the HSR can continue to deliver the excellent service we have all been accustomed to. Do your part, and have a lil more pasta with your meals.

  11. people are you serious… last i checked hsr fare was 2.55 and this article says it starts at 2 dollars and only goes up FIVE CENTS per 10lbs thereafter? clearly this article is bogus.

  12. Time to get out the bicycles people!!!! I’d not be willing to be on a weight based bus ride unless it was absolutely necessary. And necessary is subjective, I know that. After living 7 years in europe with no car, using my bike rain hail or shine…. it’s a good alternative to the bus. Hamilton has to get it’s act together and make itself more commuter friendly.

    • Black people and overweight people at the back of the bus…us skinnys up front…seems racist to me. And the rear axles would not be able to withstand all that weight.

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