All Statements of Support
Michael Muller says,
I have great hope for the city of Hamilton. As do the people I live with and know in our downtown neighbourhoods. This hope needs to be tied in with actions. The LRT is a positive step towards transforming Hamilton into the great city it can be.
Sean Burak says,
We need this for so many reasons:
- Economic development
- City image
- Transit service improvements
- Improving density
- Encouraging infill and filling vacant spaces
We cannot afford to squander this opportunity!
Barry Diacon says,
Light Rail Transit is the most important transformative initiative that Hamilton can make or has ever made.
It is very important that Hamilton commit itself to a sustainable future, rather than pouring its scarce resources into ever-farther flung suburbs which must be serviced and which require automobiles to travel to.
The supply of gasoline has already reached its peak and will make huge SUVs, large pickup trucks, humvees, etc. an expensive luxury. The suburbs will become the new ghettos. We will have to spend money to transform suburbs back into parkland.
Let us not spend any more money or time going down this unproductive road. It is time to focus on the urban, on livable density, on people living together, on all the cultural benefits of a growing, vibrant, people-centered city. It is time to build a Light Rail Transit in Hamilton and bring us back to the innovative city that Hamilton was at the turn of the 19th century.
Frank Clean says,
This is the biggest waste of money this city has ever contemplated spending. It really doesn't matter how much Hamilton's share will be, because it's all TAXPAYER money. I urge all councilors to reject this plan to Bankruptcy.
Jason Allen says,
It's time for our Mayor to get out of the way of what the people want. Hamiltonians want LRT, and Hamilton needs LRT if we are to stand any chance of being a competetive, prosperous, attractive city in the medium to long term. Don't sell our future short.
Simon Geoghegan says,
LRT is a critical component in the rejuvenation of Hamilton's downtown. It is a sound investment and the committment by the McGuinty government should be honoured.
Frances Murray says,
It's time for our democratically-elected politicians to get together and represent the people who elected them. LRT is a priority for the city of Hamilton. Stop backing down on your promises and move forward. Now is the time.
Matthew Oliveira says,
We need to prepare for the future. Let's get light rail in place to make it easier for people to et around without a car!
Anne Wilson says,
Hamilton has always been a resilient and resourceful city. We used to be a tobacco city, we used to be an appliance city; but we don't dwell on these things. Most recently we canned perishible fruits;now we have pear cider. We are a city that changes with economic tides. We adapt. We take chances. We recognize a good thing when we see it. We used to be a light rail city. Well, its time to be a light rail city again. Light rail is both an economic and ecologic leap into our future, and a firm hold on our heritage. What could possibly be more Hamiltonian than the LRT?
Daniel Jelly says,
LRT is an opportunity that Hamilton should be grabbing with both hands. Seldom does a project come along that will enhance the lives of so many and lead to innumerable economic and social spinoff benefits. The short term sacrifice will pay dividends for generations to come, providing citizens from all walks of life a safe and reliable form of transportation and neighbourhoods designed around people, not just around the automobile.
LRT is the beginning of a transformation to a healthier, more livable Hamilton. As we continue to feel the effects of volatile fossile fuel prices and increased population density, LRT will help insulate our local economy by providing an affordable and convenient form of transit when other options become unsustainable or unattractive.
We are not just building LRT for today, we are building it for a future generation of Hamiltonians who will demand more than the status quo. If we don't build it, they will move to cities who already have, and it will be just that much harder for us to catch up.
I can understand that in a world driven by 4-year election cycles it's difficult to commit to a project that will be built and completed by successive governments. I encourage all of our elected representatives to look past the ballot box and lead boldly. LRT is an opportunity to build something big, a true legacy that will help tie our community together and define what Hamilton will become.
David Wootton says,
I understand that Toronto is getting its LRT free at Ontario government's expense. That is my tax dollars going to support Toronto - again! It is time that the Ontario Government support and pay for an LRT system in Hamilton. I will vote for whoever promisses this
Melanie Olsa says,
It's time to make a commitment to the future we all envision for the city of Hamilton.
Wendy Jackson says,
"Whenever and wherever societies have flourished and prospered rather than stagnated and decayed, creative and workable cities have been at the core of the phenomenon. Decaying cities, declining economies, and mounting social troubles travel together. The combination is not coincidental.
David Hosten says,
I have lived in cities with LRT and have enjoyed the utility of it, and now that Hamilton has a chance to get it, I want to be sure we do not blow that opportunity.
Dan Thompson says,
Beyond the obvious benefits to local businesses and freeing up parking lots, I think light rail has real potential to reignite civic pride in Hamilton as a city and a prosperous place to live. Hamilton has the potential to place itself amongst the ranks of Canada's more desirable cities, with its affordable housing stock, excellent regional transit links, and strong and diverse economy. A crucial piece in this puzzle is to break the stigma of Hamilton (which is profound in much of Canada) by taking on this exciting and game-changing task.
Kim Doucette says,
I feel it's important that we don't give up on the LRT. Hamilton is a wonderful city that has been ignored for too long. As we struggle to reinvent ourselves an LRT is critical for our future.
Sevhra Reda says,
It's time the people take control of our city. Our leadership is dysfunctional and LRT is a must for Hamilton. It's time the old guard step away and let the new leaders and citizens of this city take action. Unfortunately some of our most significant leaders don't believe in the city the way the people do.
Rolf Lutz says,
Our political leaders have an obligation to develop public transit options that are clearly the right choice for the long term. Light Rail fits this criteria perfectly, and will contribute significantly to the development of its neighbourhoods and well being and productivity of its citizens. Failure to move forward on this file will set Hamilton, the GTA and Ontario back for decades to come.
Patrick McCafferty says,
I call on every member of City Council to debunk allegations that a provincial guarantee for a new Pan-Am stadium was traded behind the closed door of the Mayor's office in exchange for the City's agreement to decline Metrolinx funding for LRT on the premise that it is not a priority for Hamilton at this time. Please stand and speak up to reaffirm that Hamiltonians indeed want and need LRT to restore our place as not just another bedroom adjunct to Toronto, but a thriving, more independent and Ambitious City.
Ray Fullerton says,
LRT is a once in a lifetime opportunity to transform the City of Hamilton!
alex young says,
LIGHT RAIL CITY
Juliette Prouse says,
Please reinstate plans for the LRT. Hamilton needs to become a city of the future and modern public transportation should be a cornerstone of this vision!
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.