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Hamilton Needs Provincial Light Rail Commitment

Hamilton Light Rail calls on the Ontario Government for a firm commitment to building light rail transit (LRT) in Hamilton in a timely fashion.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Ryan McGreal, HLR Spokesperson
http://hamiltonlightrail.com

Hamilton Needs Provincial Light Rail Commitment

HAMILTON ON, June 15, 2010 -- Hamilton Light Rail is calling on the Ontario Government for a firm commitment to building light rail transit (LRT) in Hamilton in a timely fashion.

LRT has tremendous potential to transform Hamilton into a great success story for provincial investment in urban revitalization. If the Province makes the right choice, this will achieve a showcase win for its innovative Metrolinx strategy.

Delaying Hamilton's LRT is denying Hamiltonians and Ontarians the social and economic benefits that LRT will bring. Each year of delay costs millions in unrealized benefits, and repeated delays could eventually kill the project. Hamilton has been considering LRT since 1970; the time for studies is over.

Now is the time for the Province to recognize the essential role of high quality rapid transit in Hamilton and commit the funding and political focus to achieve a real win for Hamilton and for the province.

About Hamilton Light Rail

Hamilton Light Rail is an independent group of citizens who believe that Hamilton needs an ambitious approach to economic development and urban revitalization based around high quality rapid transit. Hamilton Light Rail aims to educate Hamiltonians about the many benefits of light rail, provide evidence-based reports and resource materials, and build broad support across all sectors of the community: citizens' groups, neighbourhood associations, business groups, and trade associations.