All Statements of Support
Robert Prouse says,
I was extremely disappointed when I learned that the city council was cooling on the idea of light rail in Hamilton in favor of pursuing all day GO service.
I don't understand why the two are mutually exclusive. All day GO service is fine for people who live in Hamilton, but work elsewhere, but the LRT is about re-vitalizing the city and creating jobs in Hamilton.
Eric Nanayakkara says,
Hamilton needs a modern day solution to public transportation and LRT most certainly presents itself as a leading option. Political lip service is no replacment for courageous action. Come on Hamilton, we can get this right!
Molly Merriman says,
Hamilton is in the perfect position to rediscover the dynamic, efficient and lively city that currently lies dormant in its genes and history. Choosing light rail is just so obvious; it is a modest, civilized and smart way to connect and make accessible our city's neighbourhoods. Good public transit combined with safe pedestrian and bike routes is truly the way of the future; we need to ACT NOW! Let's make traveling around the city fun, easy and cheap and make Hamilton a more welcoming place for everyone.
Mara Adams says,
I live in an area that will not have direct access to the B-Line LRT; however, I do recognize the inherent benefits of intensification, the LRT initiative and secondary planning and development. In the end, all the citizens of Hamilton will pay for our successes and failures. We need to leverage whatever we can from the province to ensure our sustainability moving forward.
Agata Mancini says,
This would transform the city into something incredible. Hamilton is changing, transforming into a positive force and this is the next, clear step to help propel this change.
Please make this a reality; stop stalling and making excuses. It's time for Hamilton to step up and take her future into her own hands.
Ron Cassidy says,
We need to press the Ontario Government (in this case the Liberals) to keep it's commitment to fully funding LRT Line-B and Line-A as promised in the 2007 elections. We should not vote for any party who will not live up to this past promise. We also need to curtail Mayor Bratina's utter disrespect for the political due process. Last time I checked he was 1 singular vote on council, yet he continues to operate unilaterally against council decisions. He has thrown LRT under the bus and opened the door to Premier McGuinty to nix his LRT promise to Hamilton as "The Mayor (Mr Unilateral) has told the Premier that LRT is not a priority in Hamilton, so please don't spend the $1 Billion you promised us for LRT! Since when does any Moyor have this much power. He must be STOPPED.
Lee Skinner says,
Invest in moving people within Hamilton, not shuttling them out of Hamilton. Please and thank you.
Mike Borrelli says,
Hamilton is faced with two options: 1) the status quo of building sprawling box malls, subdivisions and highways on greenfields; or 2) a denser, more sustainable future where we take advantage of existing infrastructure and re-build our core.
#1 requires nothing of us except a willingness to face the expensive consequences down the road. #2 requires longterm vision, and a transit system like LRT that will strengthen our downtown and turn it into the economic engine that sustains the City.
I'm not satisfied with the costs of the status quo, so I support LRT as just one piece of a larger plan that will revitalize Hamilton and make us more resilient in the face of an uncertain future.
Kathy Woo says,
Hamilton needs LRT. The long-term effect of the project would benefit the city in simple ways--efficient transportation to track down arrival times, economic growth for the city, contribution to a greener future, and a status that Hamilton is in-tune with this method of transportation that has been well-received in Toronto, Waterloo etc.
As a student, efficiency in LRT is probably the highlighting reason for having this for our future.
Cheryl Kipling says,
I don't have any wonderful words of wisdom, or insight that hasn't been stated already. My point of view is only that of the commuter.
As a resident of Hamilton who travels the B-Line route on a daily basis, I urge you to reconsider your support of LRT in Hamilton. We need LRT. The B-Line is is well beyond capacity. There are days three buses bypass my stop because they are full. Adding more buses will be extremely difficult. Not only do we need a lot more buses, we need drivers for those buses. Only LRT makes sense as an alternative. And LRT will become more necessary as more and more people take public transit.
Please support LRT in Hamilton.
Andrew Richardson says,
LRT is an absolute necessity not only for the continued growth of Hamilton, but also for the sake of improving accessibility throughout the city.
As a former Vice President of the McMaster Students Union, I can say without equivocation that students have long asked for improved access to not only McMaster campus, but the rest of the city.
If Hamilton is serious about improving the viability of the downtown core for student living, LRT is one of the best, and simplest means at our disposal.
Mary Koziol says,
I firmly support bringing LRT to Hamilton. If we want to move forward with the sustainable, economically strong and people-centred Hamilton of which we dream, LRT is a must.
I recently graduated from McMaster University and decided to stay here and work because I love Hamilton. The decision regarding LRT will weigh heavily on whether I choose to stay here long term or not.
Ren M says,
This would add a new and interesting twist to Hamilton!Would like so see this in service next time I visit there! Who is the prospective Manafacturer of the LRT trains? Bombardier I hope!
Jennifer Hennigar-Shuh says,
I strongly reaffirm my belief that the LRT is absolutely the right direction for Hamilton to go to the new mayor and city council.
Hamilton is a large city but with inadequate, inefficient, and inconvenient public transportation which forces people to drive to get around.
As a resident of Hamilton for more than two decades, but who has lived in other large cities, I am frustrated by how difficult it is for me to commute to work using public transportation. Because of this difficulty it takes me an inordinate amount of time getting to and from work.
I have tried to avoid using a car for commuting and have done so successfully for years by cycling and walking and taking the bus but the truth is that the inefficiency in the public transportation is waring me down. There are many things that are not practical to do by bicycle and walking (often I walk because the bus routes are not well designed and too much transferring and back tracking is required). I am almost ready to throw in the towel and start driving because my travel time commuting is so long it means that I have little time to take care of things at home.
I am also frustrated by how difficult it is to enjoy the culture, green spaces, museums and other wonderful things that Hamilton has to offer because of the lack of good public transportation. It is nice that the mayor wants to improve GO service in and out of the city but I would like to be able to more fully enjoy being in my own city and that can only help our economy.
The LRT would make us a city that is greener, innovative and forward thinking, and one that supports its local economy and culture instead of taking everyone efficiently somewhere else.
Hamilton needs the LRT system to help bring together the various areas of the city, offer people practical alternatives to driving and make Hamilton a city that is enjoyable to live, work, and get around in.
I ask the mayor and city council, the premiere, and our MPP, and MP, to put the LRT back on Hamilton's priority list once again.
Mark Figliola says,
I moved to Hamilton from Vancouver last year. In Vancouver they have an LRT system called the sky train. This was offered first to Hamilton free of charge in the '80s and with their usual foresight they turned it down. Don't blow it again!!!!
John Sweeney says,
LRT is needed to invigorate and renew the city's core. Healthy cities must maintain a balanced mix of both residential and commercial properties to remain viable. Car culture is rooted in 20th century thinking and urban sprawl is not a practical or sustainable for cities, which are increasingly becoming independent from higher tiers of government for their own well being. LRT can attract business and residents alike, which would increase urban overall tax revenues, in the years ahead.
Graham Crawford says,
Nothing big every came from thinking small. Except small, of course. Hamilton, and its citizens, used to think big and implement big. It was part of who we were. Of how we saw ourselves and how we saw our collective future.
LRT is one of those
Duncan O'Dell says,
Dear Mayor and City of Hamilton Councillors, I respectfully request you proceed with the LRT project. I firmly believe this project has the power to transform Hamilton, a proud city of over 500,000 with huge potential that lies on the vital commercial corridor between Toronto and the USA into the modern and innovative city it could be.
One of Hamilton's biggest barriers to re-generation and development is its depressed downtown core: the centre includes a strip club, a depressing bingo hall, and boarded up buildings all of which which tell an appalling story of neglect and lack of vision by those in power. Light Rail has been well documented to act as a lightening rod to draw in investment elsewhere. We badly need it here.
This is a truly exciting opportunity, the like of which rarely comes along. I for one believe that a modest hike in taxes is well worth it for turning our city into a place people want to live and work in.
Tom Shea says,
I have lived in Hamilton my entire life. I have watched cars pull the city farther and farther apart until the central core collapsed. I believe LRT is the future of transportation in a sustainable, sensible, and environmentally sound city. And I want Hamilton to be that city--my city, my children's city. Do the right thing!
Esther Lockhart says,
Reliable and efficient transportation is a plus for every community. It's better for businesses and better for the environment.
Tom Whattam says,
The government must keep their word and finally create some jobs in this city.
Robert Drake says,
This city was excited and on-track for LRT three years ago. While we've moved forward with feasibility studies and environmental assessments, we've moved backwards with our council and provincial support.
Let's pressure both sides to get back "on track".
Laura Farr says,
Having LRT lines in Hamilton would benefit everyone, update our inefficient transportation infrastructure, and in the long run, save the city money.
The economic spinoffs other cities such as Los Angeles, Portland, Washington DC, Charlotte, Denver and even Toronto have proven that more investment, building, and intensification happen along these lines, with a benefit to all socio-economic stratas.
For Hamilton to lose this opportunity would be regressive and make people that are finally noticing how great a city this is to think twice.
Tianna Leclair says,
I feel LRT is something that is needed for our growing city. We are way behind the rest of the world in transit and taking almost an hour to get somewhere in our busy lives is rather inconvenient.
Michael Sak says,
I guarantee, if LRT ever comes to fruition, I will most certainly invest in living somewhere in the core along the B-line.
As an east mountain resident, hoping to move to my own place within the next year, LRT is one of the main reasons why I would ever stay in Hamilton.
This has been one of Hamilton's great planning projects within recent memory. To suddenly give up on LRT due to political inaction, is a step in the worse possible direction. It could be worse than the planning mishaps of the 70s and 80s (urban renewal anyone?/Jackson Square)
And then Hamilton will truly be the laughing stock of Southern Ontario (as Toronto slowly eats us up into the GTA)
Jason Martorana says,
I think it is high time Hamilton discovered a way to distribute the wealth across this city and I believe LRT is a great tool to help us accomplish this.
Look at Stoney Creek before and after the Red Hill. I believe they are a really good example that good infrastructure can pave the way for greater growth. If we want to build up our downtown, give people an easy way to travel across it. Just look how difficult it is to park. I think the lack of access to many downtown locations is a real deterrent for business.
Haider Alkayat says,
The current bus system cannot handle our transit requirements. It shouldn't take me one hour to get to McMaster University from within Hamilton.
Damian Orzel says,
I fully support LRT and really hope Hamilton makes this a priority. It will undeniably help in the revitalization of the downtown core!
Christopher Krnezich says,
We can't afford NOT to do this.
Denise Hager says,
To me, all day Go service is not as high a priority as LRT. I don't commute to Toronto, however I do commute within Hamilton.
It appears that all day Go serivce is a priority because of the PanAm games. I am angry that the support for LRT was just dropped, seemingly from out of the blue, and too much money is being targeted toward the PanAm games.
I don't recall disagreeing more adamantly with any Mayor at any time than I do right now with Mayor Bratina.