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Council Approves Rapid Transit Phase 2

City Council voted to approve the staff recommendation to move the rapid transit initiative to phase 2 with an emphasis on light rail and a sense of urgency.

Published in Raise the Hammer on June 26, 2008.

Amid all the excitement at last night's meeting, City Council voted to approve the staff recommendation to move the rapid transit initiative to phase 2 with an emphasis on light rail and a sense of urgency about the deadline to be included in the first five year Metrolinx budget.

The recommendation was approved unanimously at last week's public works committee meeting and referred to last night's full council meeting for approval.

This news comes as support for light rail continues to build. The most recent organization to endorse light rail was the McMaster Students Union, which expressed unanimous support for a light rail system to be constructed as quickly as possible.

An editorial in the Hamilton Spectator this past Tuesday also endorsed light rail, encouraging the city to "strike while the iron is hot."