All Statements of Support
carolyn lehmann says,
Please, do not leave Hamilton in the 19th century regarding public transit, especially light rapid transit.
Lee Edward McIlmoyle says,
I proudly voted for someone OTHER than Bob Bratina. He therefore does not have my consent to derail this project, which may actually be the only good plan put forward for reviving the inner city and our local economy in the last thirty years. If he can't see that, then maybe it's time he stepped aside and let someone with a little more vision do the heavy lifting.
We need the LRT, Bob. Money has already been spent setting this up. Don't be that guy. Build it first, and then you'll get your city growth, not before. All you've done so far is help continue the mass exodus of real development to the outer boroughs. Howzabout giving a little something to those of us who actually live in the actual city. It's our tax money, too.
Dawn McIlmoyle says,
Stop playing games with the citizenry over this! Hamilton NEEDS a clean, reliable, environmentally sensible public transportation system. And I mean the CITY of Hamilton, not bloody Ancaster. Pouring money into development in Ancaster, Stoney Creek and properies on top of the escarpment is destroying Hamilton. Address the situation by unifying the downtown core, east and west ends with this rail system.
Ann Lawton-Barry says,
I have written to Mr. Bratina regarding my opinion on light rail (it's a "must"), among a couple of other things such as his inaccessibility (he accused the Hamilton Spectaor of being a second Rupert Murdoch problem), and his response to me was that I was "impertinent and derisive" to question his decisions regarding the City of Hamilton. And I voted for this man ! How dare he speak to voters like he does.
Please keep up the pressure on the premier and Mr. Bratina to see the future !
Ann Lawton-Barry (905) 389-9238
Nadine Bernacki says,
Please support the LRT b-line construction as soon as possible. Our citizens in the future will thank you for being so forward thinking and pro-active in dealing with coming economic challenges.
Dianne Mead says,
It is time that Hamilton actually joined the modern world. We should build the infrastructure to bring people to Hamilton, not infrastructure to leave Hamilton. LRT improves Hamilton, makes it an easier to access the city. Another GO station - we become yet another commuter city without a heart.
Give people a reason to come ride our "rocket" - instead of going to TO to ride theirs.
Adam Brown says,
Light Rail Transit has been proven by cities such as Oregon to have a positive not just on transit ridership but municipal beautification as well as had an impact on automobile reliance.
Let's put the "R" back into HSR!!
Connor Clark says,
I honestly can not believe that mayor Bratina has said, and i quote "LRT is
Heather Judson says,
Dear Sirs and Madams, I am writing to ask that you do not abandon the Hamilton LRT initiative. I am an urban person, living and working in the Hamilton Core. I also attend McMaster university. I currently walk to and from work, and then drive to McMaster. It is not feasible for a night school student to take the bus home from campus because when classes let out, you cannot even get on a bus until three or four have gone by, the need is so great. I do own a car, but would prefer to take LRT or walk, while using my car for longer distances and trips outside the boundaries of Hamilton. I used to live in Calgary, which as you know has the C train. It's hugely beneficial to students, people who work downtown, or even just people who prefer not to drive in city environments. Hamilton is a big city. Let's act like one, shall we?
Melanie Skene says,
Hamilton is an awesome city, but needs to change the way people can move around it - from a automobile mentality to one that is more human/citizen friendly. Come on Hamilton get your heads out of the 50's and into the 21st century.
michael hampson says,
lets get this started...
Nina Hladio says,
It's time we invest in the future of our city. What are we waiting for? Do we want to be an accessible, citizen-friendly city that attracts new young people? Or do we want to remain complacent and inevitably watch people move to other cities where they can get what Hamilton can't offer: the accessibility of light rail transit. Hamilton has everything to gain from the Light Rail Initiative, so let's take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.
Rick Cordeiro says,
Heather A says,
Any improvement/addition to mass transit systems is good for the ecology - give people options other than the their personal automobile (an enormous takes-a-lot of energy and resources pig that usually transports only one person).
Mike Renaud says,
Our city is moving in the right direction and LRT should be a huge priority. If we're truly going to be a first class city then we need to make first class decisions.
Robert Beck says,
In my opinion, the LRT is a priority. Failure to implement this would severely hamper the City's future prospects for economic growth.
Mark Mundell says,
LRT will bring in the investors that Hamilton so desparately needs to revitalize the lower city. But a smart investor will not commit their own $$$ until the shovel hits the ground.
In saying that, I have read that some have opined that the big investors aren't building yet,why should we do LRT? The truth is, it is an "if you build it, they will come scenario.". Follow Don R. Campbell of REIN to understand what LRT means to this fine city of ours.
Thanks for this opportunity.
Pauline Taggart says,
I supported LRT for Hamilton in 2008 and believed the promise made by the Provincial Government to fund the capital costs associated with building the A and B line.
I continue to fully support LRT for Hamilton in 2011 and do expect the Provincial Government to make good on their promise to fund the capital building costs.
Awkward timing and politics aside, this is an election issue for me and a promise I'd like to have reaffirmed before casting my ballot in the upcoming election.
Andy Coltman says,
Please don't let this opportunity to improve Hamilton's liveability and future fail. The questions have been asked and the options weighed, and LRT was shown to be a viable and highly desirable initiative to help strengthen our City, its economy and its future. This led to clear support and promises from Council and the Province to pursue its installation --- promises that need to be reiterated and acted upon NOW so we don't squander all the hard work and insight we've gained so far. Please get LRT back on track.
Kevin Wiens says,
For decades, the Main/King corridor in Hamilton has been the site of a staggering inequity - motorists can race from one side of our city to the other at 60km/h without hitting a light, while transit users cram on to overfilled, slow buses (the ones who can fit on the bus at all). Social divisions such as this are harmful to everyone. LRT would bring some balance and fairness to transportation in Hamilton, one of many reasons to complete this project.
Connor Prebianca says,
As an older teenager that grew up in this great city. I would be thoroughly disappointed not to see this plan followed through on. Almost every time we have a proposed plan to optimize transportation in and around the city the plan gets stalled for too long. Then, after the plan gets carried through with, the stats prove that the plan turned out to be successful. Stats don't lie, let's keep the trend going! L
Brian Cumming says,
All great cities have some form rapid transit. It's time for Hamilton to get on board! I support a LRT system for my city, Hamilton.
Lee Dermody says,
Not building LRT is a missed opportunity for the city to leap into the 21st century
Esther Huh says,
If Hamilton wishes to continue to grow and appeal to the new generation, it needs to invest in an effective public transit system like the LRT.
Mary Thomas says,
Light rail transport is the future! Hamilton needs to act on this now!!
This is not the time for local or provincial politicos to play games. The mayor should remember that he was elected to represent this city not his personal whims. He has one vote on council, he is the mayor not a king with veto power. Council endorsed this project last year, so get on with it!! Hamilton keeps losing progressive opportunities due to petty power playing. Stop this stupidity. Do what is best for this city (what you were elected to do).
We will all benefit with cleaner air, better mobility and opportunities for local development and employment.
Mary-Lou O'Donnell says,
Meg Coppolino says,
Sonja De Pauw says,
The ground work has been done and Hamilton needs light rail transit, on the B line. The mayor may be waffling for some unexplained reason but many citizens, including myself, are not!
Jeff Chuchman says,
I am very frustrated by the number of buses that need to fly by the bus stop at Dundurn & King and cannot stop to pick up passengers because there are too many people. I watched 8 go by the other day while I waited.
Hollie Pocsai says,