All Statements of Support
Matthew Nash says,
I support provincially funded LRT project. Rapid transit will deliver enhanced prosperity, environmental sustainability and improved quality of life in our city which is on the verge of bursting with potential.
First, this project will have the largest impact on employment, income and GDP during construction and over the long term. LRT will create jobs: 5793 person years of employment in the short term and 187 person years in the long term. The BRT option - which will likely never get built anyways – would generate less than a third of this. Second, it will boost our GDP in the long term by $15M, more than 4X the BRT option. Overall, the LRT has a benefit cost ratio of 1:1. This is a conservative figure, meaning this estimate is likely downplaying the benefits. So, at the very least, what we invest in, we will get at least an equal benefit. Is this not a clear win-win scenario? We don’t have to pay for the initial 800M cost, yet we stand to gain the resultant economic benefits.
The environmental benefits are critical to cleaning the locally polluted air. Of all the options, LRT is the most effective in attracting people out of their cars and reducing car usage. This project will take out a staggering 8532 tonnes of GHGs annually which equates to a further nearly $3M economic benefit. If we are serious about making Hamilton a safe, healthy, and pedestrian-friendly place, LRT is the clearest choice.
Finally, our quality of life will be improved because not only will the air be cleaner, but more people will be able to move more efficiently. The LRT – which has almost double the capacity of BRT - will result in a 26 minute travel time end to end. This is equal to that of a car and nearly 10 minutes quicker than the BRT option. One of the biggest frustrations with busses is they aren’t reliable, they aren’t fast and they aren’t easily accessible. The LRT overcomes this by providing the fastest, most comfortable, and easily accessible mode of transport.
Overall, if you have read the consultant’s report, you’d know that LRT is a win for the prosperity, environmental sustainability and improved quality of life of our city. As property values rise due to enhanced economic conditions brought about by the LRT, all of Hamilton rises with it. Based on the evidence, not on emotion, please say yes to this once in a generation opportunity to build our city right.
kailee dellio says,
Please consider moving forward on the LRT project in Hamilton!! As a student I truly believe it would be beneficial to the many students who live in both Hamilton and other cities. I also think that it is a crucial step toward a greener Hamilton.
Anita Thomas says,
I believe that LRT is an important next step to grow our city and it is also important for our current growth. I am a resident of Ward 7 and strongly feel that this will be of benefit to the whole city. I am not one who will be a regular user of it, however, I do recognise that in spite of that, I will benefit from the domino effect and growth it will bring to the city as a whole.
Mohammed Patt says,
we should build it. i'm a Mohawk business student and in my opinion this is cost effective in the long run and the city is growing so having the LRT in place will help keep traffic down.
Joanne Zaras says,
I support the LRT for Hamilton.
Kevin McCafferty says,
Councillors: Please take your damp fingers out of the air. Joe Six Pack's fear and anger over losing one of our cross town freeways can be placated with some lucid exposition of facts. Please show some leadership because in the end that will be self preserving, both for the future of the city and in your professional situations.
Margaret Mileski says,
More in life is lost to indecision than even to wrong decision. Not moving forward with LRT will cost my city its heart.
Michael MIleski says,
Please don't squander this once-in-a-city's-lifetime opportunity.
Al Horzelenberg says,
I support the installation of LRT in Hamilton and all the maintenance that will follow. It is not for me or my children's generation. Rather for the next generation: my grand children and beyond who will undoubtably have a very difficult time of negotiating their way through the exponentially exploding volume of motorized and vehicular traffic on 20th century roads. We need a far broader perspective and more distant vision to fathom the anticipated numerical growth of society.
Krys Arciszewski says,
I am have lived in Hamilton most of my life. I am a mountain resident and core about the future of our city. I strongly believe the future requires a vibrant transit system included an LRT across town. It will open up the city and continue to wave of revitalization. Vote YES for LRT!
Andy Binkle says,
I think many Councillors are grandstanding Including Terry Whitehead, who will be losing my vote in the future.
Infrastructure makes cities great. Hamilton should be great.
Lucky we have a great Mayor!!!
Edward Baldry says,
Just get on with the construction
BRUCE WILLSON says,
Why are we spending money on old technology? We tore our the old street railway tracks and overhead wires - not you want to put them back!! one word - snow. I've seen TTC and snow its not pretty.
Invest in new technology if you are going to spend money we don't have - and the provincial govt does not have our money to give back to us!!
LRT goes nowhere that I would use it.
Margaret Ferizis says,
Why do councillors that do not live in Hamilton even have a say?
In years to come these districts will be screaming for an extension of the LRT they didn't want.
Hindsight is 20/20. Show some foresight!
This LRT project isn't just for the here and now. It is also for the future and increased populations. Just imagine if there is no LRT and everybody has a car. Take a good look at Toronto, that is your traffic future. Is that what you want for the city you are supposed to be working for?
People in a hurry to get out of town don't stop and shop, so please don't listen to that argument and if you haven't traveled along either King East or Main St. East in awhile, most of the shops are boarded up.
All the Scarborough councillors that voted against the Scarborough LRT will not be re-elected and you should keep that in mind. The silent majority want the LRT in Hamilton.
The whiners and whingers like to drive alone in there cars and couldn't care less about anyone but themselves.
karin anderson says,
This is the future for Hamilton. Please say yes to the LRT
John Doe says,
Please don't allow the shortsighted to mess up a great opportunity for Hamilton, this place can be improved but it starts with you.
Evan Haas says,
I'm tired of the misinformation and sabotaging of a very important project for our city. Let's vote yes on the things that move this along, lest we drop the ball and our city will suffer.
Bonnie Patterson says,
I give my 100% support for the LRT system that will provide the residents of the City of Hamilton a fast and easy way to get to their destination. It's long over-due. Saying YES to the LRT is an easy decision to make.
Mike Baughan says,
Hello! This world needs forward thinkers. It needs people who are willing to take reasonable risks to satisfy their vision for the future. Connected fast transit is the future. It's not just rhetoric. We don't have the means to sustain the growing demands of a car centric society. We have to be smarter, more efficient and we have to prove that the model of public transit can be better. The LRT represents the first steps in Hamilton recognizing that vision. It is a vision I share with many others in this wonderful city and I look forward to being able to take the LRT when it goes live.
Cathy McPherson says,
Council members - I strongly urge you to stick with the plan to build a light rail system in Hamilton. There are many reasons why this is important. Here are a few key ones:
- we need to ensure we have effective transit so we don't end up with a caotic bottleneck situation like Toronto in the future
- studies have shown that LRT systems attract investment and business along those lines as they cannot be moved or changed like bus systems - we need those jobs and investment for young people who live here
- the 1 billion includes upgrades to the infrastructure under King Street which are old and would have to be paid for by taxpayers here if we don't take advantage of this opprtunity
- cancer care Ontario came out with a report last year that downtown Hamilton had the worst air pollution of all cities in Ontario. We need to develop and use more public transit systems like the LRT in Hamilton to reduce the pollution in this city and lower the cancer risk to residents.
Blair Anderson says,
This project will do so much for the city and it is being gift wrapped by the province. Get it done!
Leslie Szamosvari says,
I firmly believe that the LRT project is a very good idea. I think that people will leave their cars to ride it. Infrastructure costs should decrease, as fewer cars would travel the roads. I rode on several similar light rail systems and I found them akin to moving sidewalks....step on, step off. Hamilton LRT could be the seed to start efficient, shared, public systems that improve Hamiltonians' lives.
Paul Davis says,
My wife and I recently bought a house very close to the LRT route, with that in mind. We both grew up in Hamilton, and we both work in the city. We live in the East End, and I work downtown, so LRT would be the perfect way for me to travel to work each day. Please follow through on the promise and potential of LRT in Hamilton. It's a forward-thinking project that will, I think, produce massive, long-lasting benefits for the Hamilton community. Thank you.
Pheroze Jeejeebhoy says,
Mr. Whitehead's 11th-hour dithering almost tanked the stadium. In the end, we lost great opportunities. Don't let it happen again. Support the LRT and let's move Hamilton forward.
Sonja De Pauw says,
Public transit is the way of the future and light rail is the way for Hamilton's public transit.
Matt Fisher says,
I believe Hamilton deserves LRT. There should be no reason to continue to use stalling tactics. We had the same here in Ottawa, where BRT supporters argued that we didn't need to build LRT because our BRT, the Transitway, was more than adequate. But saner heads prevailed. Our city is now building LRT scheduled to open in 2018 and even planning for expansion to bring the O-Train to a size comparable to Calgary CTrain, which I have been on. Nearby in Kitchener-Waterloo, LRT is being built too. Even sprawling Mississauga has LRT on the agenda. There should be no reason for Hamilton to use the same stalling tactics that we have attempted in Ottawa to no avail.
Deborrah Sherman says,
I live in Ward 6 and am close to retirement. It is highly unlikely I will ever need to use the LRT. However, I want to see it built to make Hamilton a city that everyone of every age and every income level can navigate more efficiently, more safely and with less impact to the environment. My grown kids are not interested in the car culture, and want good transit. I want it too, for them and their future children. I want Hamilton to thrive, and to do that we need complete streets as well as LRT. Please do not blow this opportunity.
Michael O'Riordan says,
As a relatively new resident of Hamilton (5 years), I am strongly in favour of the LRT. Public transportation and cycling infrastructure are what make bustling cities vibrant and accessible. Vote Yes on the LRT.
Klaas Walma says,
My Hamilton includes an LRT. An LRT will allow residents and visitors to travel effortlessly across the downtown. It will relieve congestion downtown. It will reduce the number of vehicles spewing pollutants into the air which will in turn help the environment and reduce the healthcare burden imposed. It will make Hamilton more attractive to business, visitors and people looking to relocate from Toronto.
Diana Paprica says,
LRT is an absolute must for a future that respects the generations that will follow our own. Opposition to LRT boils down to one thing: benefiting the interests of capital vs. the interests of people. We need to take this courageous step to shift political decision-making away from "safe bets" to those that set the stage for future progressive growth of a full community - and not just an economy.