All Statements of Support
Terrance Odette says,
I strongly believe that public transit enures growth and vibrancy in a city. LTR is the way to achieve that.
Graham McNally says,
It's too easy to say that development isn't happening so there is no need for LRT.
Currently, developers aren't coming to the B-Line so lack of LRT can't be the reason. They're staying away because of development regulations and a perceived lack of ROI for developing. Certainly, if we do nothing to change the current conditions, developers will continue to not invest in the corridor.
City staff have reviewed, researched and studied the LRT corridor and I am confident that the changes to the zoning bylaws and other development related regulation recommended will, with the inclusion of LRT, stimulate development in our city, specifically along the LRT corridor.
Without LRT and the associated zoning & bylaw changes, nothing will change along the B-line corridor.
We need strong leadership for LRT to be realized. We need city building champions. We need to be progressive and that means changing the status quo and moving forward, together, as a city.
david sanderson says,
I have lived in Hamilton for 54 years and in that time our city fathers never seem to have a plan for the city's future. Here's an opportunity for a strong commitment for our future. Let's not pass this one up.
Tom Kelly says,
It feels like many of the politicians in this area here are forgetting their place. They are there to serve the interests of the public. The most transit improvement I have seen is Jason Farr looking smug in his shiny new truck.
I am beginning to become very very worried about where the priorities lay in this city. We have a council and a mayor, that are paid very handsomely, who have billed the taxpayer over $27,000 in meals while lower income people in this city are going hungry....yet showing absolutely no remorse. The privileged using the taxpayers as their own piggybanks to fill their bellies sounds like something out of Nottingham, no?
Again, we voters vote to serve our interests. What use is it if you decide you're too lazy to commit to your campaign promises? Either nut-up and get LRT going or step-aside and let someone else do it.
Craig Hermanson says,
The evidence has been clear: LRT has the greatest potential to transform our city, would serve our present needs and help ensure the competitiveness of our city in the future. What kind of future will we build for Hamilton and our children? Please lend your support and commitment to LRT!
Richard Robertson says,
Let's get on with it! LRT is the future.
ROBERT BOWERS says,
It's time to stand up for Hamilton.
matt john says,
I am in support of light rail services in Hamilton. An LRT line in Hamilton would be a boon to the core, generating many direct and indirect jobs for Hamiltonians.It would be a demonstrable effort by city council to revitalize Hamilton's city centre.
Cathy Swenson says,
LRT is a tremendous opportunity to transform this city. Please get on with it.
Jon Davey says,
I'm writing to urge you stay focused on the commitment to bring Light Rail Transit to Hamilton. Help take Hamilton into the future with a bold infrastructure investment that will be utilized by a majority of Hamiltonians everyday. Building an LRT system will signal to investors and businesses that Hamilton and Ontario is thinking long term in terms of sustainable development.
Steve Porter says,
Bluntly, the LRT project is of vital importance for the renewal of downtown Hamilton. The City and Province really do need to work together, figure this out and get this project moving forward.
Vince Franco says,
Years ago, Hamilton made a huge mistake by removing the HSR tracks and trolleys for the sake of the automobile. We now have a change to reverse this grave error with partial funding. Please don't ruin the future of Hamilton for another 50 years. Become a legacy for positive change in this city instead of being another name in disgraced leadership.
Myke Hutchings says,
As our city grows in population and geographic size, what remains evident is the need for its population to move around freely with little hinderance.
Currently Hamilton is often gridlocked as individuals in single passenger cars crowd the downtown streets and where major thoroughfares meet, such as the Red Hill Expressway and Queenston. There HAS to be a better way of moving people efficiently in the city.
LRT is that way.
Mayor Bratina says his focus is on all day GO Transit, moving people into and out of the city. Well Mayor, these people that are coming into the city are going to need to move around and travel while they are in the city? LRT on an east-west and a north-south corridor would provide an efficient way to move these people.
Susan Lau says,
Please let the rest of Ontario see that Hamilton can really achieve something that will better the city for generations to come.
Matt Wright says,
They only way you will be able to attract people to the corners of city, is by making transit efficient and user-friendly. Hamilton needs LRT.
Sandra Dykstra says,
There are many in this city (greater Hamilton) that already use the buses because they do not own a car. However for those of us who do own a car sometimes the roads can become so congusted and parking is at a premium. Light rail would be so convenient to get across the city in a hurry and would free up congusted roads. I know at first there would not be to many built but if one line was successful I know other lines would be built too. Please continue to think about this and encourage the province to step up and help to make this city a thriving place to live. Thank you.
Henry Brouwer says,
We need a new vision for transportation in this city (and beyond - more highways and roads will not solve our transportation problems, especially as oil will become an important concern in the future, along with having to reduce carbon emissions. An electrified system reduces pollution and can run on renewable energy.
Rachel Wallace says,
LRT would set up Hamilton to as a progressive and world-class city, making it attractive for people to live in and businesses to settle in. As a citizen committed to green living, LRT would make using public transit far more accessible for myself and many others.
Denise Neutel says,
I believe that light rail is important for making a strong city and community. After ammalgamation, Hamilton's borders grew to an unprecedented size. We now span from Stoney Creek to Flamborough, a large distance, so something like LRT is needed to allow citizen to move from one end of the city to the other.
We need also to look at a way to move people that makes the least impact on the environment, it seems to me that more people in Ancaster are using HSR especially during peek times than ever before. If there were more direct and quicker routes from places like Ancaster that could incorporate cycling as well, there would definitely be more users of those systems.
Tom Hurd says,
In July I wrote the following letter to the City Council. I still support LRT 100%.
In the light of recent serious backpedalling by some City Councillors, I find I have to reiterate the commitment I made 4 years ago to the concept of LRT in Hamilton's core. I don't need to go into the detailed pro/con arguments that have been studied over the years, that are nicely summarized in the article:
I just want to remind the members of the City Council that I am 100% committed to LRT in Hamilton, if financed with a fair capital funding formula from Metrolinx.
Go For The Best Deal Possible: Just Do It!!!
Andrea Lynn Sloan says,
Having LRT lines in Hamilton would be a benefit to everyone.
It would help us update an old, inefficient system that the city very dearly needs
Please, Hamilton do not add the LRT to a much too long list of missed opportunities
Casey Park says,
The Province of Ontario under the McGuinty government has already pledged and earmarked public money towards LRT planning and construction in Hamilton. Parallel to these statements, current members of Hamilton's City Council have already stated that they support LRT as the next phase in Hamilton's downtown and overall renewal.
Regardless of shifting political optics and reality (especially considering the imminent provincial election) groundbreaking on LRT is the obvious best next step for Hamilton for pragmatic, civic and researched reasons.
Many parties have let Hamilton down over this issue but it's not too late to pick up the pieces and move forward to a more sustainable and uplifting future for the East, West and the Mountain communities.
jane osier says,
We need the LRT
Boris Brott says,
The City of Hamilton has probably the greatest potential for growth in serving its citizens of any in the Golden Horseshoe. At the centre of this MUST be rapid and convenient transportation both local and in connection with Toronto. Missing yet another boat for Provincial support in the LRT construction is criminal. Let's all pull together on this one. The positive energy we show and experience will inspire us to work together more often. If we can move forward in musical harmony - nothing will stop the city of Hamilton from reaching its great potential!
Brott Music Festivals, Hamilton
Mickey Bellavia says,
The LRT in Hamilton is very much needed and a long awaited solution to public transportation in this area.
Our city has much potential in utilizing this transportation benefit and making public transportation easier for many users.
Andrew Pettit says,
I love our city. I am excited for our future, as our leadership has pointed us in a promising, human-centric, community-first direction. The LRT system is the start of a major shift away from our current multi-lane highway/dearth of life that we currently enjoy (?), moving towards something much more sustainable and engaging. It's part of a collection of small movements - Open Streets, bike lanes, library and farmers market reinvigoration, etc. - that are shaping this city into something greater. Please have the courage to stay the course. Hamilton is worth it!!
181 Hess St. South
Bob Leach says,
I believe that LRT is essential for the ongoing growth and development of our city. This is not the time to turn back or in any way reconsider commitments that have been made previously. Hamilton needs and will greatly benefit both now and in the future from LRT.
Let's get it done!
Connor Clark says,
I believe this system is perfect for Hamilton. We are looking forward to a bright future and becoming a more desirable place to live. This system will only help that.
Artur Rozumek says,
Hamilton is a major city in Ontario that requires improved transit linking neighbourhoods and the city with the suburbs. Buses are not enough, and the present buses-only network is not up to international standards for a city of Hamilton's size. Without better transit, it will be hard to encourage people to use transit willingly and poses challenges for those who have no other option. It means congestion and a lower standard of living for people in the city. Hamilton has numerous neighbourhoods in need of revitalization, and LRT will be key to improving transportation and accessibility to those neighbourhoods. It will make them more attractive to investment. Please do not neglect Hamilton. Not building the LRT line will only be regretted.
Adam Peet says,
Considering the amount of tax revenue that could potentially be generated from new investment along the LRT routes, it makes me wonder if the right people are on the job here in Hamilton. A simple business adage would be " to make money you have to spend it". As a new resident and small investor to Hamilton I came here because of the now defunct pan am games projects and the LRT. I like many other small investors see Hamilton as a place for tremendous growth. However, the non-committal direction we're getting from both the province and council is unacceptable at a time when smart investments are needed to help propel growth. Investors such as myself are already planning escape routes if the city continues to show regressive steps. Hamilton needs the LRT to sprout new business, if we had a council with any gumption I'm sure they could add jobs to the LRT contract. Once again, I doubt that will happen, as it seems that our overly bureaucratic governing class needs to conduct a study. One that has already been completed. I love my new home, and the city it's in, but if the city doesn't reciprpcate that love, I may leave. Imagine a bustling, metropolitan city with new development all along the proposed routes. Not committing to the project seems ridiculous at this point. Or maybe our governing class is bi-polar???