All Statements of Support
Patrick Rogers says,
As a downtown resident who takes the HSR everyday, the need for an upgrade to LRT is obvious. Not only is an improved transit system necessary (especially one that may lure more people out of their cars), but LRT would also be a boost for a downtown which is slowly picking itself back up.
A good transit link with Toronto is clearly important for Hamilton, but this mostly already exists. There are already rush-hour trains to downtown for commuters (my fiancee among them), and at most other times the QEW bus is much faster anyways.
An investment in LRT would clearly have a much larger impact on the city. Hamilton has a lot of potential, and LRT is the best way to invest in Hamilton as an important city in itself, and not just as another suburb of Toronto.
Van Hoang says,
Oh My God: Why are we hesitating to embrace LRT for the people of our city?
I saw the same LRT in Los Angeles, CA when i was travelling there few years ago and i was so impressed with it because it was so convenience for daily commuters within the city and i was just dreaming about Hamilton having the same one day.
I strongly support for LRT for our city.
Lee Raback says,
As a home owner and long time resident of Downtown Hamilton, I am presently watching in dismay as the Light Rail Transit project seems to be coming off the tracks.
LRT is a top priority for Hamilton, and the Hamiltonians that have elected you. It is now time for you to follow through on the agreed upon plan. We have spent a great deal of time and, I'm to understand, a small fortune proving that this project is vital to the city's redevelopment efforts. I call on all levels of government to follow through on their election promises..
We cannot wait for Vrancor to become involved in the Light Rail industry. Stick to the plan. Do the right thing. Do what you were elected to do.
Andrew McPhail says,
We need LRT!
Gregory. J. Galante says,
It is no longer the 1950s Mr. Mayor and City Council. This is not Mississauga Mr. City Manager Chris Murray. Hamilton has an intensely urban core. With the exception of Toronto, probably the most urban on the province . It is in this core that our future lies. It is through innovation, diversification, and intensification of our core that this city will prosper. Not the clinging to old concepts from bygone eras.
LRT through that core and intensification along that corridor is an anchor to that prosperity. Not building stadiums in the wrong place for money losing football teams. (by the way I am a die hard TiCat fan).
Attracting young professionals to our community who are both entrepreneurs and want to live downtown is what will be a catalyst to our city's growth. BUILD IT !
Daniel Fitzgerald says,
Hamilton needs this!!
Desiree Kelleher says,
Hamilton is a growing city, growing and changing. Make this a better city for the people who live in it. Get us out of our cars and out into the living parts of Hamilton. Out into the shops, on our feet, walking and spending our money.
When Hamilton is alive, its economy is healthy. It's residents are healthy.
We're not just a park and ride for Toronto. Help make us something to our own credit.
We want Light Rail Transit!
Jason Nason says,
I have been excited for the prospect of light rail transit for the '10 B-Line' HSR route since the first announcement of Move Ontario 2020 several years ago. Since then I have been following the progress with much interest and have been to several planning meetings. I also applied to be among the citizen team for the project.
I am disappointed that that the entire project is seemingly in jeopardy and hope that the project goes ahead. To quote a phrase I have heard many times, from many people, "Let's Keep Hamilton Light Rail Transit on track."
Karl Andrus says,
I was a child when the HSR removed trolly service, then later the electric lines for e-buses (bet you regreat that mistake HSR). Moving forward into the 21st cent, hamilton needs a world class transit service.
Jeffrey Wynands says,
This will literally change the City forever. Why wouldn't any one, especially City Council - those elected to represent the good people of this city - be doing ANYTHING and EVERYTHING in their power to make this happen.
Jon Murphy says,
LRT is crucial to the future of Hamilton!
Sarah Wayland says,
The studies have been done. The business case has been made. LRT is an investment in the kind of future Hamilton I want to live in: progressive, environmentally responsible, and with a highly developed urban core. All we lack is the political will of our leaders to make this happen. Can we please be BIG thinkers instead of small thinkers? Can we please look FORWARD instead of backwards?
David Schuurman says,
ive lived in calgary and vancouver and the LRT is what makes being and going downtown viable and convenient in those places. Not to mention living downtown! I live on the outskirts of Hamilton but would move inside the city if there was a rail system to get me around the traffic and bustle.
I've been hoping for an LRT in hamilton for years. I hope it happens.
Kurt Braun says,
Council, look to the future...please
Cynthia Waters says,
With a lower city that needs and would benefit greatly from the development shown to preceed and follow Light Rail Transit, it is time the city and the province made a solid commitment to this project. The city needs to turn its focus away from greenfield development and the Aerotropolis and focus on the potential intensification and brownfield development that would occur with Light Rail Transit. The city needs to stop favouring the parking lot and to start promoting our future. The province needs to step-up and make a firm commitment to the citizens of Hamilton. As government they need to help lead the citizens of Hamilton and Ontario from the over dependence on the car by championing planning that promotes transit, walking and cycling.
Mark Gichuru says,
Elizabeth Syrotuik says,
I was born and raised in Hamilton. I fully support the development of a light rail system as a viable option for public transport. The current system is not frequent enough and doesn't service the city efficiently.
Douglas Gerow says,
This is a project that must become a reality... Just try taking any rush hour bus and you can see that public transit needs an overhaul of routes as well as LRT to properly transport the people of this city... We cannot lose this oportunity..
Chandra Rice says,
For my three teens, the transit system is their primary means of moving through the city. Currently, getting from one end of the city to the other is a long process. Light rail would help bring the city together, offering my kids a more integrated whole city experience. It is a forward looking investment. Hamilton is worth it. So are my kids.
Joan MacDonald says,
Any city I have attended with LRT has been successful in providing access to its citizens throughout its city. Once built, there have been even more benefits than previously anticipated.
Katie Zazulak says,
I think that the LRT will provide Hamiltonians with a much more efficient way to get around the city. While the HSR does service a large part of Hamilton already, increasing traffic and increasing numbers of people using the major routes make it difficult and uncomfortable for people to utilize this service.
There is constant talk about how we need to revitalize the downtown core, and repeatedly there is never any action to back up this talk. This is the perfect opportunity to make a revitalized down town core a reality.
Like the age old statement says "build it and they will come"
Brian Gerrard says,
Let's keep this city moving forward. It's listed as one of the 10 best cities in Canada to invest in, let's keep it that way.
Kim Newcombe says,
Hamilton is always on the cusp of being discovered. People who live here recognize the balance and pace that life in this city offers.
Could the LRT be the tipping point that opens the Hamilton to the gaze of others in a new and flattering way?
Not to mention aesthetically pleasing, environmentally sound, economically viable - what a bold, confident step into the future
Darcy Wienk says,
so what, they city does not care for the people who LIVE and WORK in Hamilton? only the people who Live and work in Toronto, or Niagara, or where ever the go will take them?
Jack Bernacki says,
Light Rail now. No excuses, no back tracking. This is the future of our city. Light Rail now.
David Jenkins says,
Light Rail Transit is amazing in other parts of the world, we need it here.
Frank Taylor says,
I am a Commercial Realtor that is heavily involved with the revitalization of the downtown core and can attest, without a shadow of doubt, that serious private investment is waiting in the wings for the City of Hamilton to stand up and take a lead in getting the LTR up and running. No single act will help the downtown core and the City as a whole, more than having the LTR.
Al Salmon says,
We need this rail systom in hamilton Ever take the king a 4 pm on a week day
Mikael Andersson says,
"Potential" is the one word that keeps being thrown around whenever Hamilton comes up. When are we going to realize all this potential we have? When are we going to come to the table and AGREE that the future of our city does not lie in more parking lots and mountain sprawl, but in creating a vibrant core? When are we going to take serious action to remove the stigma associated with taking public transit?
Hamilton's potential does not lie with being a Park-and-Ride zone for Toronto. GO service is already excellent. What we're lacking is a reliable, fast, stigma-free way of getting around our own city. We don't need more parking lots, we need better alternatives than personal cars for intra-city transportation.
Hank Balfoort says,
Hamilton needs the LRT for economic and environmental reasons. It will be great for commuters and tourism. It would also keep cars off the roads and ease parking along the route.