All Statements of Support
Brian H says,
Please move forward on this project. There are more compelling arguments for this project than there are against. This is the future of city-building...up and intensifying instead of out and sprawling.
Kathy Pipe says,
Both my husband and I are strong supporters of the LRT system to be built in Hamilton. If this city wants to move into the future successfully it must take part in this type of public transit project. We cannot continue to let the people whose only concern is their driving patterns being disrupted or the speed at which they can race through the city delay or stop this project. It is time for those councillors who have thrown up road blocks to start to consider what is best for the entire city and not for the chronic complainers in their own ward.
Biljana Vasilevska says,
I support quality transit as a public good, and feel that LRT in Hamilton will go a long way to improving the service that is currently available. I am research professional at McMaster University, live downtown, and choose not to own a car. I have lived in cities in North America and Europe, and know that there are many cities of comparable size to Hamilton that have quality public transit, including surface light rail. By choosing LRT, Hamilton's elected leaders would be demonstrating inclusivity and forethought.
Anita Kuehn says,
Hello - I would like to express my support for the LRT. Hamilton needs the LRT for future growth & prosperity, & we can't go wrong by investing in better public transit.
Gordon Burt says,
Let us get on with LRT to help boost Hamilton into a world class city.
City councillors have to work for the benefit of the city and not act as if your ward is your little fiefdom.
Don't let Hamilton City council appear to the rest of the world as "The gang that couldn't shoot straight".
Stay on topic and don't let Whitehead hijack the meeting.
Sarah Wayland says,
Hamilton is a great city with challenges in terms of transit, air pollution, poverty, brownfields, empty storefronts and more. LRT is part of the solution as it will reduce air pollution, generate economic uplift, and create densification along the route. Please support LRT
Dan Evans says,
In preparation for the LRT meeting tomorrow at council, I would like to emplore all involved to look beyond the short term disruption of construction to the long term benefit of a vibrant city. Though the route only passes through the lower city, a strong city core benefits the suburban areas as well by making Hamilton a more valuable and healthy city.
I stand in firm support of LRT and urge all councillors to support this city building project as well..
helga sultano says,
I support the LRT for Hamilton.
Khusheed JEEJEEBHOY says,
This is money handed on a plate
We need the LRT so don't drag your feet say YES!
Bennett Racher says,
This needs to get done or it will be another classic case of councillors and others wasting everyones time. Its seven years in the making, it would be ridiculous to stop now.
Noel Fraser says,
I support the Hamilton LRT project. Let's get on with it. Thank you.
Brett Mitchell says,
LRT will be one of the best things to happen to Hamilton, it will help complete the transformation the city is undergoing.
Steve Hopkins says,
Let's get moving! We have been distracted by the naysayers long enough. Hamilton needs to embrace this opportunity and get on with the business of city-building for the 21st century.
Simon Woodside says,
I commute regularly to Waterloo where my office is near the LRT line. There has been some disruption but it's worth it. We are going to harvest a major reward when the line is finished in terms of ease of access to our door for our customers.
I can't wait for the Hamilton LRT.
MARGERY/JAMES MUNN says,
WE SUPPORT THE LRT
--WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE A REDUCTION IN AUTOMOBILES ON OUR STREETS AND CITIZENS (YOUNG AND OLD )DEPENDENCE ON CARS DOWNTOWN HAMILTON NEEDS PEOPLE -IT IS BECOMING A GIANT PARKING LOT
WE COULD HAVE A HEALTHIER CITY WITH FAR LESS POLUTION AND A POPULATION THAT GETS A LITTLE MORE EXERCISE
CITIES BIG AND SMALL IN EUROPE HAVE LEARNED TO MOVE PEOPLE WITH EFFICIENCY BY USING LRT-- AND HAVE REDUCED POLUTION AS WELL
WE IN HAMILTON NEED TO FOLLOW THE EXAMPLE AS OTHER ONTARIO CITIES NEARBY HAVE DONE AND STOP DRAGGING OUR FEET--STUDYING AND INCREASING COSTS--AND GET ON WITH BEING THE "AMBITIOUS" CITY WE ONCQ)E WERE
CITY COUNCIL IN RECENT YEARS HAS STOPPED MANY EXCELLENT PROPOSALS THAT WOULD HAVE HELPED PUT HAMILTON BACK ON THE MAP
MAYBE WE NEED SOME NEW COUNCILLORS WITH FRESH NEW APPROACHES
Trevor Westerhoff says,
I ask that Hamilton City Council follow through with what they repeatedly voted for and graciously accept the funding provided by the Provincial Government for LRT. Further, I ask that Council and all Hamiltonians support the businesses affected by the construction.
Paul McAlister says,
Make the LRT the anchor project for the revitalisation of Hamilton. The other peieces will fall in round it!
Deborrah Sherman says,
Council already made the decision. It was the right decision. Act on it, and stop wasting valuable time and money on the second-guessing and progress blocking by a couple of self serving council members. Councilors come and go - LRT will be there long after they are gone, moving people through the city and improving our business and residential tax base. Aging mountain dwelling citizens like myself will probably never have occasion to use LRT, but my own addiction to car culture should not prevent current and future younger people from accessing affordable, efficient transit through the city. Times have changed - I know so many young people who have never had any interest in getting a driver's license or owning a car. They pay their taxes and they deserve an infrastructure that is relevant to their needs.
Claudia Leduc says,
I am 100% in favour of the LRT.Don't stall this recovery of our great city. DO THE RIGHT THING and embrace this opportunity.
Jeff Taylor says,
Lets get going with this project, never mind the "doom & gloom" brigade who always oppose change, look how we got stuck with that "Ivor Wind Tunnel" stadium instead of a new larger stadium in the West Harbour.I've seen many of these LRT systems working great in many towns & cities in Europe, the last being in Dublin where their east to west system works so well they are now installing another that goes north to south, a bright modern system with a pick up every 6 or 7 minutes!
Norma Moores says,
Tax payers money needs to be invested wisely for the good of the public. Bringing LRT to Hamilton is one of those investments improving access and mobilty choices. I live on the west mountain and although this transportation investment may not affect my day-to-day travel, I believe it will help the City meet egrowth targets from a sustainability, economic and social equity perspective. Say yes to LRT!
Jennifer Brasch says,
I am writing to add my voice to the many supporting LRT for Hamilton. It will be disruptive, first to traffic flow while it is built, and then leading to positive changes as people learn to move through Hamilton using LRT. This will be a positive change for Hamilton. Please move forwards with the LRT project without delay.
Peter Hill says,
As we move into the future, moving people efficiently and in an environmentally good way is imperative. We had a host of nay-sayers about the Linc some years ago but when I drove along it yesterday, I couldn't imagine all that traffic on our local roads! There will always be those who oppose but very often they have not thought of the broad issues which face us as we plan our cities. Such obstruction costs us all money as time delays do.
As Nike says, "Just do it!"
Nelly Sinclair says,
I am strongly in favour of the LRT. I have children who are young adults who have no intention of buying a car, and they want to live in a way that positively impacts the environment. Please support the younger generation by getting excellent public transport in the form of LRT.
Graham Jeffries says,
I am a supporter of the Hamilton LRT project. I moved to Hamilton for college after living in Calgary and Toronto and I immediately fell in love with the city. I decided to stay in Hamilton and invest as a community member, young career person, and a tax payer.
I rely on transit to live a comfortable life within budget. I find the HSR bus system along the Main and King corridor inefficient and untimely. With my experience riding LRT in Calgary I found the system consistently on time (a 5:10pm train came at 5:10pm). Rather than take the buses that were late and snarled in traffic, I would walk 20 minutes in -42C to the LRT. It was also very efficient at moving large volumes of people after Calgary Flames and Calgary Stampeders games, for whom I worked for. Seeing entire trains filled with fans was exciting and spirited too!
The system was very precise and not prone to interference with traffic. Delays were less than 15 minutes the vast majority of the time. It freed up the streets for emergency vehicles and a vibrant pedestrian mall and more places for public art. The C Train benefitted the businesses that surrounded the stations, each station having its own community and central node that sprung up. Some were arts and youth villages, others were malls and jump-offs to the warehouses by bus. It was very easy to navigate and get to places in Calgary purely by LRT, and now condos are springing up around the stations, adding to the tax base.
As a first year student at Mohawk I rented cheaply in downtown Hamilton. I routinely had two or three buses pass me, making me late for class. It became worth it to walk the 20 minutes to Macnab terminal to catch the buses that left on time. As a recent Mohawk graduate living in the Mohawk College area I had to purchase a car to get to my first career position, adding to congestion, hazards, and pollution. It was a 15 minute drive to work, a 55 minute to 1.5 hour bus ride, or a 35 minute bike ride from my home near Mohawk to my position in Ancaster. The HSR bus system in inefficient along the Main and King corridors due to traffic volume, on street parking, taxis, pedestrians, too many stops, as well as having to alight and manoeuvre for those in mobility devices, and traffic accidents. And it's only going to get worse!
With the increased population expectancy of Hamilton, the bus system is only going to experience more problems - more pollution, more expenses for more drivers, more congestion due to more buses and more people driving, more stress on already stretched tax dollars, and more adversity from developers.
I strongly support the LRT plan as well as a robust planning bylaw structure for mixed use and medium-to-high density along the LRT corridor. I believe it will benefit businesses, students and employees, traffic, the impoverished and disabled, the local economy, the sense of communities, tax revenue, and development.
susan labelle says,
I fully support moving forward with the LRT in Hamilton! Let's get, pardon the pun, moving! Let's do what is best for, not only, the future of our city, but our children's future!
Catherine Clase says,
I think that light rail has the potential to be transformative for Hamilton and the downtown. I know that many local businesses are concerned about the development phase. I found these thoughtful, informed, and concrete suggestions to mitigate disadvantage during this time at http://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2015/3/22/what-happens-to-small-businesses-during-light-rail-construction
1.Ensure that the government commits to dedicating a percentage of all project costs toward small business loans. This tactic was implemented in Salt Lake City with some success.
2.Unite local banks to create a dedicated loan fund for small businesses affected by construction. Albina Bank in Portland attempted this tactic, but, after failing to garner support from other banks, turned to a local community development financial institution (CDFI) to spearhead the project.
3.Create clear, meaningful channels of communication between local government and business leaders. In Salt Lake City, an independent contractor served as the main point of contact between the government and businesses. In Dallas, a North Central Task Force was created to oversee the light rail project, engaging members of the community and government.
4.Commit to keeping at least one sidewalk or street lane open for a majority of the project. During Portland’s light rail project, the government set guidelines that guaranteed this and other traffic flow goals possible.
Maddy Coulson says,
Why should we turn down a $1 billion investment? It's already been stated that should we not accept the funding it will go elsewhere- and this is something the Anti-LRT campaign is failing to inform people of. We can help mitigate climate change, and revitalize our city's core! I will be at the October 25th meeting and look forward to meeting with decision makers. Let's give this amazing opportunity the initiative it deserves!
John Connolly says,
This is simple: Every city that has introduced LRT into a deteriorated (or deteriorating) inner city and suburbs has seen nothing but improvement in the economy and the general well-being of the community. These communities also have other modes of public transportation so arguments that we already have buses is akin to saying that we do not need clean air because we already have clean water. Continuing to "make a case" for LRT for Hamilton is tiresome because common sense dictates that we need it. A vote against LRT is a vote against Hamilton.
Garry Sled says,
City Council needs to support their own commitments and actively support LRT. Too many councilors playing games with the city's future, harming the city at the expense of their own politics. Especially Mr. Whitehead.