Hamilton was ready for light rail transit in 2008. Now senior city staff are saying we're not ready - and they have devised a plan to make sure we don't get it.Read More »
As a resident of Hamilton it has been exciting to see our city develop plans for the first of several LRT lines that have the potential to transform the way we travel in this city, and to change the economic climate.
For too long Hamilton's old urban neighbourhoods have been ignored and have seen little economic investment for many decades. These same residents, along with provincial and federal funding partners have spent hundreds of millions in building suburban infrastructure in every corner of this city to support outlying growth, wider roads, new highways, big box plazas, residential communities and business parks.
For the first time in my 37 years in this city, we actually have the opportunity to invest in a transformational infrastructure project, beginning in the old, depressed urban parts of the city.
It's not 1970 anymore. It's 2014 and every single politician locally and provincially understands the huge shift in trends taking place in cities around Canada and the World. Our direct competitors: K-W, Mississauga, Brampton, Toronto, Ottawa and Burlington all understand the way of the future and are building, or planning LRT lines.
Hamilton deserves the opportunity to compete on a level playing field with these cities as we move into the future.
I'm not aware of a single Canadian city that built an LRT line, and didn't see huge economic growth along the route, and I'm not aware of a single city that hasn't repeatedly expanded the system once experiencing this tremendous growth.
Please commit to your promise of 100% capital funding for Hamilton's B-Line LRT and show the same level of faith and desire for growth here as you have in Toronto.
Two Steps Forward, One Step Back on LRT
Candidates at both levels need to hear loud and clear that you support LRT and you expect the Province and City to keep their promises and finish building this thing.
Continue with Current LRT Procurement Model
Hamilton Light Rail (HLR) urges City Council to continue with the current Light Rail Transit (LRT) procurement model that Council already accepted under the Memorandum of Agreement with Metrolinx on February 10, 2016.
You made this happen!
Dundas Councillor Arlene VanderBeek best captured the spirit of last night's historic Council vote for the LRT project: "If you're not sure, err on the side of progress."