All Statements of Support
Dave Bazowsky says,
No city has ever advanced/improved or expanded without having sufficient modern transit systems capable of taking us to the next level.
Tyler Pearson says,
Dear LRT Decision Makers,
I am writing to let you know that I am in full support of the LRT project. So much so, that I moved my family to Hamilton over a year ago (as did my business partner and his family) to expand our Private Equity Investment company. Our company is focused on deploying large sums of capital in Hamilton and not just its downtown. The reason we chose Hamilton is because we believe strongly in its future and the economic pillars that are beginning to underpin it and want to play an active role in its continued revitalization. A primary catalyst for us focusing on Hamilton was largely in part due to the LRT infrastructure that we feel will inject considerable new life and investment dollars all throughout Hamilton. Anyone who would go on record and state they are against this planned infrastructure or that only the downtown core will benefit is simply not thinking rationally and is certainly ignoring the numerous examples all around the world where LRT was a major catalyst for new growth and quite frankly responsible growth. The reality is population is increasing and highways and inner city streets are becoming increasingly congested. People are becoming much more aware of their time and how valuable it is to them and their families and are now measuring their commutes in minutes and not in miles. As a result, people and businesses have and will continue to gravitate to cities that are investing in LRT infrastructure because quite frankly it needs to be done in order to properly prepare for the future. Hamilton has an incredible opportunity to begin putting in some major building blocks for future growth that will continue to retain and attract some of the brightest minds and forward thinking companies around. However, if we let petty politics prevent this new chapter from turning it will inevitably be a very unfortunate moment in history for the City of Hamilton as it will undoubtedly get left behind by other city centers willing and wanting to invest in large LRT infrastructure projects.
That all said, I remain confident that you will all come to the conclusion that the best time to invest in LRT infrastructure would have been years ago however, the next best time is now. I trust you will do the right thing.
Kevin Archibald says,
I commute using HSR every day from DUNDAS. LRT will be great for the city of Hamilton and for me and the future use of my kids.
David Wootton says,
I just don't understand why Hamilton is so backward. Why would anyone in the city or for heaven's sake anyone on council even question the merits of a FREE LRT system???? i am so tired of Hamilton being the backwater of Ontario. It's so embarrassing to say the least! I personally have suffered economically and so have my children who have both left the area since there have not been paying jobs for educated people n Hamilton. Even my parents back in the fifties had to leave Hamilton for Ottawa in order to earn enough to support our family. Is is not time after nearly 80 years to make this city prosper?????
Anna Vermaat says,
Bringing the LRT into Hamilton will make this city that much easier to navigate as years go by. It will take time to build and be an inconvenience for a short while, but it's the long term pay back that we need to consider. Our next home/apartment is going to be on or near a transport line. Everyone will stop driving at some point in their lives. There are cities in the world where people never have a driver's license or own a car. Between public transport, use of bikes and walking, think how much better the environment and our personal health will be.
Evan Aagaard says,
The LRT project is a must if Hamilton is to build itself I to a modern, livable, city of the 21st century.
Look no further than cities like Austin and Portland to find vibrant communities, thriving economies and proud citizens connected by the central nervous system of light rail.
With LRT Hamilton doesn't need to play second best to Toronto anymore. We can be our own unique destination city where thousands will want to live and work.
Nick Policelli says,
The LRT is good for Hamilton.
Mary Anne Ablitt-Blain says,
I live at First Place and as a woman entering my senior years I implore you to go forward on the LRT. As seniors we eventually have to give up our vehicles and licenses and then we have to resort to public transportation to get to appointments, shopping and even an odd evening out to socialize. I watch my fellow tenants as they try to maneuver the system as it stands today. Not good enough for a city of this size. we deserve better and with the province offering to help, we need to take advantage of this and have a better and cleaner transportation system installed. Enough of not looking forward, enough of dragging of the feet. This has been offered to us and we need to take advantage of it, now. Not later. It won't be available then and you will have dropped the ball. I really don't understand why the is opposition to improving our city, our quality of life.
Edward Sernie says,
While I realize that construction of the LRT will create much havoc, for many years -- in the long run we must move forward and commence building the LRT.
I think the benefits of improved public transit in Hamilton will make the City a better place to live and work. Hopefully people will realize that they no longer need cars for many of their day-to-day activities and join the rest of Hamilton who already use public transit, ride a bike, or even walk!
I believe that the LRT will contribute to making Hamilton a more user-friendly and pedestrian-oriented city.
Janis Topp says,
The LRT is so important to our city's future. It has my continued support, and I do expect our council to continue with the decisions of approval that they have already made.
Hans Stief says,
LRT is critical to reducing congestion and improving connectivity within the city of Hamilton. Our population is growing and if we wait on this we will end up behind where we need to be. Please approve the Environmental Assessment Ammendment.
I live in east Hamilton and I support building the LRT!
Fernando Ferreira says,
Now is the time that we have to all agree that this much needed LRT will make Hamilton a much better city to live in.
Please ensure to vote this in.
SNEHAL PATEL says,
THIS LRT SUPPORT LOTS OF PEOPLE LIFE
Matt Grant says,
Full support for LRT in Hamilton!
Jim Macaulay says,
We need to get more positive information out to the Hamilton general public regarding LRT. I am amazed at the number of people who know nothing about Hamilton LRT and how the city can benefit. When I ask my friends they do not know anything about it or they are against it for no good reason. I find the ones who are most vocal against LRT have not researched the project.
Ania K says,
Please support the LRT in Hamilton. The way to create a thriving and vibrant city is to invest in infrastructure, businesses and transportation options. The city should not, and cannot rely on the car alone.
Gianni Charalambopoulos says,
it's time for Hamilton to think and act like a progressive city. But I do really think it should be installed on Main Street and turn that road into a complete street with 2 way traffic and LRT running down the middle
Vladislav Vidakovic says,
LRT is a huge investment.
As such it can't be left on politicians to decide either yes or no.
Only proper way is a referendum, where ALL Hamilton residents can vote on it.
Dean Fulton says,
If we are not moving forward with mass rapid transit in Hamilton then we are moving backward as a community - especially considering the billion dollars available for the project. While this may be some short term pain for some of the businesses along the route, the long term gains will be felt for perpetuity. There is really no defensible argument against the LRT other than the attitude of the C.A.V.E. people. (Citizens Against Virtually Everything)
Spencer Thibodeau says,
As Hamilton continues to grow, our options for transit should grow too. HSR is awesome, but having a second option to get to a destination within Hamilton would be great (without having to use Uber or a traditional Cab [$$$]). Not to mention $1b funneled into the GHA economy. I look forward to seeing the first scoop out of a major road when construction for LRT begins.
Ben Haffie says,
I am in the process of offering on houses in the city, and one thing I notice is how poorly the public transit compares to other cities. The light rail system seems like a great option for stimulating the economy, improving quality of life, and doing it with minimal environmental impact.
Rita Chimienti says,
I support the LRT with a big caveat: That on-street parking in the downtown business area remain on BOTH sides of King Street. This was successfully accomplished in Toronto on Roncesvalles Avenue and St. Clair Street. In fact a raised bike lane was also included in the Roncesvalles Avenue corridor.
Melissa Leaist says,
LRT is the starting point on a very important process of modernizing our overall transportation infrastructure in Hamilton. Although the construction phase will create some inconveniences, the overall benefits to the city are immeasurable. I call on all Hamiltonians to support businesses in the core that will have some challenges during the construction. Solutions to those issues are possible! Let's get behind this once in a lifetime opportunity to move Hamilton forward for all!
Anthony Lapointe says,
It's good opportunity for for this city and transit . Why because technology is advancing Rapidy in other city's . For Hamilton it's the same old story when it's good for the city and the people city of Hamilton backs out.its Time too stop keeping our city in the dark ages and start making it a city with real structure and a real name for our selfs .
Michael Newhouse says,
I think 1. LRT on King st is innappropriate and will destroy the businesses. Not enough traffic! TheTTC former chief left his HSR job rather than carry out that project.
2. The 1 billion will not be enough as the LRT goes over budget!
Sarah Riddiough says,
I believe this will be extremely beneficial to our city and let Hamiltonians have more pride to live here
Annie Rosenberg says,
The planned LRT will do much to drive the City of Hamilton's economic growth, promoting more investment and lessening our reliance on cars. I therefore urge Hamiltonians to join together in achieving our vision for the future of our city.
Justine Ritchie says,
I am so excited to see LRT back in Hamilton! I saw the new trains at arsupercrawl this year and they look amazing! Lrt would make my commute so much faster and more relaxing. I am in support 100%!!
mik and gina panavas says,
what is wrong with you guys we need to move forward on this . it sounds like another ivor wynn debate. Have you been to see kitcheners lrt or edmaonton or calgary?
Dorte Deans says,
One factor that seems to be getting lost in the arguments is that LRT is much greener than diesel buses. Just stand beside a bus starting up and you get smothered with awful fumes and smoke. LRT doesn't do that - no fumes, no smoke, better for our health and that of the planet. Who can argue with that?