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Bad Mulroney Math Used to Justify Cancelling Hamilton LRT

Posted January 07, 2020

The more we learn about Ontario Transport Minister Caroline Mulroney's Hamilton LRT numbers, the less sense they make. Unless she was really just looking for any excuse to kill the project, in which they make perfect sense.

Tell Ford to Fix Mulroney's Mistake and Get Hamilton LRT Back on Track

First, Mulroney combines the capital cost with 30 years of operating, maintenance, lifecycle and financing costs.

Then, she adds 30 years of estimated municipal operating costs (without any explanation of how they were calculated) to the provincial total.

Mulroney has already admitted conflating the capital, financing, operating, maintenance and lifecycle costs, so the numbers are already bogus.

But it gets even worse. In the detailed cost calculation Mulroney provided to Mayor Fred Eisenberger, the numbers she provides don't even add up!

When you go through the calculations line-by-line, the report only comes up with a total of $3.65 billion in overall 30-year provincial costs, with no accounting for where the rest of the cost comes from.

That $3.65 billion in overall 30-year costs matches the approved Metrolinx budget of $3.75 billion over 30 years, according to an internal Metrolinx document just obtained by the Toronto Star, Hamilton Spectator and Raise the Hammer.

It is also entirely in line with the final 30-year cost the Province just approved for the Hurontario LRT in Mississauga/Brampton. (Their line is 22% longer than Hamilton's and costs 22% more.)

The Hurontario LRT line was approved and funded. The Hamilton LRT line, just a few months away from final bids, was cancelled.

The leaked Metrolinx document also notes that the consortiums bidding to build Hamilton LRT had "concerns around municipal and provincial support" for the project.

This is not surprising after all the ways Council stalled, delayed and undermined the project over the year. Making things worse, the incoming Provincial government suspended the procurement process and froze spending on the project for another 8 months until the end of last March.

It's an outrageous self-fulfilling prophecy to justify cancelling a project because the companies bidding on it were worried you might cancel the project!

Only Hamilton has been treated this way. It's unfair and we deserve better. Tell Premier Ford to correct Mulroney's Bad Math and get this project back on track.

If you haven't already, please add your personal statement calling on Ford to give us a fair deal.

 

Comments

On January 7 2020 at 11:15 AM Esther Lockhart said:

Mr. Ford, please prove you are the bigger man. Side step any petty partisan politics and show you are a man of the people. Please reinstate the Hamilton LRT project.

Thank you.

On January 7 2020 at 12:07 PM Bill Irvine said:

Mr. Ford please be a man and live up to your word. We basically had a referendum on this and it passed by a large margin. The numbers are wonky as hell and so is Mulroney's word on this. Who cares about Skelly, she's basically not even a Hamiltonian!!
PLEASE, do what right sir!!

On January 7 2020 at 1:35 PM Matt Thomson said:

As the population of this city increases with more people commuting to work, public transit needs to be a viable option that matches rising density. Having an LRT would be setting a foundation for manageable growth in the future, as well as limiting the impact of urban sprawl. LRT is only the first step towards a more liveable city, and needs to be done.

On January 7 2020 at 1:45 PM Ken Dawson said:

I would like to say that the people in our condo complex are very pleased that the LRT was cancelled. We live in an area of downtown Stoney Creek Ontario that houses multiple high rises with many seniors who don't drive and there is no bus service. These people have to rely on taxis. So we would like some of the money to be used for that. Buses with no rails.

On January 13 2020 at 6:29 PM Margaret Juraj said:

Something stinks about your government's reversal of promised funds for the LRT. People have been banking on this project and have built business plans and more based on it. Citizens of Hamilton desperately need clean, reliable transportation. The population has been growing but the transportation infrastructure has not. There just isn't room for more dirty cars! Many citizens like me demand clean transportation solutions. Time to honour the promises and pony up!

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