May 17, 2021
On May 13, 2021, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and Caroline Mulroney, Ontario Minister of Transportation announced that both governments have signed a deal to invest $3.4 billion in the shovel-ready Hamilton Light Rail Transit (LRT) project. The last hurdle to overcome is Hamilton City council who will need to express support for the plan before it moves forward.
We need to make our voices heard. Click here to tell City Council to support this incredible plan:
Your continued engagement has made a big impact. Minister McKenna specifically mentioned grassroots support as being a driving factor that led to this new plan.
Each government is contributing 50% of eligible project costs, up to $1.7 billion and the investment is designated for LRT only. This new transit system will offer frequent and reliable service from McMaster University in the west, through downtown Hamilton to Eastgate Square.
We all know the tremendous benefits, but they are worth repeating: LRT will create 7,000 jobs, provide economic uplift, increase affordable housing, cut CO2 emissions and replace aging underground infrastructure. Further, this will be a very important post-pandemic stimulus project to help kick-start our economy.
This is an "all-or-nothing" offer from the federal and provincial governments so the time for delay is over.
Please click the link and send a strong message to Hamilton City Council to support the new Hamilton LRT plan:
Thank you. Please stay safe and healthy.