All Statements of Support
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.
Valerie Warren says,
Just because I can't make the meeting because I have to work doesn't mean that I am not passionate about LRT. I would like to see the city once and for all accept and move forward with this project which will benefit the entire city. This is no time for partisan politics. "United we stand, divided we fall." - John Dickinson
Noda Kouniakis says,
Please don't let this great opportunity for Hamilton pass us by. This is good for the entire city. Even us in the east mountain.
Chris Phillips says,
I support the LRT!
Karen Phillips says,
I support the LRT!
Rachel More says,
Hamilton is an amazing city to live in and this is a real opportunity to stay one of the most liveable cities and the best place to raise a child. Progress does not stop and it's up to us to take the best from it that we can.
Julia Veenstra says,
Please continue to support the LRT. Please honor the commitment you have made. My household is for LRT.
Thomas Lorini says,
YES TO LRT! Lets invest into our citys future now. Stop the politics and lets move full steam ahead!
David Low says,
LRT has our full support. It concerns me that we are still debating this. It's time for council to move ahead with progressive ideas and stop trying derail this important venture.
Raymond Braun says,
I fully support the LRT system for Hamilton !
Pity Hamilton rejected to Monorail offered 30 yrs. ago by the Fed. Gvmt. in Ottawa - for if accepted this LRT would already exist. The LRT in Waterloo through downtown Waterloo and Kitchener is almost finished and ready to go late this year or next. Most people don't know that.
Look at Europ. and some US cities and Calgary/Edmonton,
they have it in place
Raymond Braun. Dundas..
John Hannah says,
My Hamilton includes LRT.
Dina D'Ermo says,
I understand there will now be a poll to see how much people understand about LRT. Enough of this... Council made a decision , stick to it and get on with the steps to make LRT happen starting in 2019.
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.