All Statements of Support
William Renwick says,
I am against the LRT initiative for Hamilton. I am sure that you have already heard the reasons.
William Gray says,
Hamilton has no need for LRT. It will be a waste of badly needed tax dollars that could be used to fix Hamilton's streets.
LRT will run from nowhwere to nowhere. The proposed route will impede the progress of Emergency vehicles and if there is a traffic accident at any of the crossing nodes the whole system will be shut down.
A bad idea concieved by incompetent people.
Nadine Bernacki says,
The LRT and associated public amenities and design will bring Hamilton into the future as a world class city. It will reduce our contribution to climate change (via the use of fossil fuels for transportation) and have positive impacts on the mental and physical health of the urban population of our city as well as draw new people here.
Les Szamosvari says,
Your Worship, Mr. Mayor, and Honourable Councillors,
more than ever, I am convinced that LRT is necessary in Hamilton to weaken the deadlock that an antiquated, automobile-based, transit plan holds on the progress of sustainable public transportation.
Anita Kuehn says,
I'd like to express my support for LRT -- the City of Hamilton needs it!
Tom Belshaw says,
As I said before,we need to get the word AMBITIOUS back to describing our great city.....now is the time for a MODERN EFFICIENT LRT to transport all those people who will be moving into those new downtown residential buildings being built at the moment. City council,get your heads out of the sand & look at what OTHER progressive cities are doing with transit (LRT)... The people of Hamilton voted you to the council to do the right thing in implementing an up-to-date transit service (LRT)The money is already allocated to this project...LET'S MAKE HAMILTON AMBITIOUS AGAIN for the future.........................TOM
Brad De Boer says,
This is a step in the right direction. Moving forward is never easy. This will be a benefit for future generations! Congratulations! Hamilton!
Tom Flemming says,
I support the fully-funded LRT for Hamilton. Better public transit is needed to take this city into the future. Council needs to say YES to this wonderful opportunity.
Richard Brooks says,
I am a senior resident and lover of Dundas. But, I am also a resident of Hamilton and care about the health of our city.
I believe LRT can provide a major impetus to the better development of the City. By encouraging new development at the various LRT stops, we can further build on the current revitalization the City is experiencing.
Thomas Lorini says,
Yes to LRT!!
I am all for the LRT in Hamilton. Yes there will be construction going on and some challenges getting around the city until its completed, but its the best thing for the city long term!
Lets step away from the shadows of the steel mills and start moving towards the modern world.
Go LRT GO
Lia Bronsard says,
I believe that the LRT plans must stay on course! This will tremendously improve our town, and place Hamilton on the Map of well-planned and up and coming cities!
Gesine Alders says,
I fully support the Hamilton LRT.
I ask you also to please consider putting a stop at the Delta, close to Gage Park. Many elderly people, or families with small children access this park on a regular basis. Placing the stop at Ottawa Street will be too far for mobility impaired individuals to walk back to the park. The Park is also a main destination for cultural events in the summertime.
Thank you for considering my remarks.
Tony Hill says,
I sincerely hope the LRT goes through.We need electric and mass transit to get citizens interested.It;s been nearly 25 years since the last pure electric transit system existed here,and the remaining trolley buses had diesel motors installed in them for some reason.Before that,35 years ago,the ALRT system was a possibility,but was cancelled for various reasons I'm not sure of.I recently bought a book on Hamilton,with proposals that never came to fruition,and I looked at the then proposed ALRT route and thought that maybe the LRT should maybe follow that route more so due to our city's particular conditions.Maybe some of it could slightly elevated.Nonetheless,I hope it happens.
Grant Ranalli says,
I very strongly support LRT for Hamilton. I urge council to get on with it. Everyone voted (several times) in support of it. I cannot understand how several councillors are now having second thoughts. The LRT is right for Hamilton on so many levels. It will spur further development, reduce noise and air pollution in the core, produce many jobs in building and operating it, it will allow us to replace aging infrastructure as part of the overall cost etc.
To say no to this project, after agreeing to it would be flip-flopping as well as foolhardy and frankly, cowardly.
If your constituents are unsure, your job is to educate them as to why you voted in favour of it in the first place. If conditions for it have changed sine that vote, they have only changed for the better (i.e. $1B in funding)
David Zanchetta says,
Support LRT. Don't let Hamilton be left behind
Cheryl Evans says,
The time for debate is over.
The time for action is now.
The right course for the future is clear.
The opportunity must not be lost.
Vote to support LRT and build a better future for our city, our current citizens, and those who will come because of this once in a generation opportunity.
Catherine Clase says,
Please ensure we move ahead with LRT
George Smith says,
Very Grateful for Hamilton to be getting this project- Hamilton has so much potential and this investment will fuel further investment in this great city as it moves away from steel and keeps moving toward becoming even more of a health care go-to city.
Margaret Ferizis says,
What a wonderful opportunity for the entire city of Hamilton and lotto win for those that live along the route.
Please do not give in to the complaints and fears of the naysayers who are afraid their drive in might be extended by 10 minutes. They are not thinking of the greater good or benefits of the entire city. Just their own selfish self interest.
It was misguided myopia that led to the replacement of an existing light railway with buses.
The HSR carries over 21 millions riders per year on average and their needs should come before a few thousand drivers.
This is something Hamilton does need now and will absolutely need in the future. The costs of such a project will only get much, much more expensive.
Don't look a gift horse in the mouth. Take the gift and run.
Support the LRT and save yourselves from looking like idiots to future generations who will scratch their heads and wonder what were you thinking.
Russell Wong says,
Good for everyone
Anna Vermaat says,
We are having a very hard time trying to understand why there is hesitation on this at all. There will be head aches, nothing ever goes perfectly smoothly but this a "No Brainer". This city is so over due to have a transit system that will work for future generations. The current generation will find out just how great it is once all the dust is settled. Remember the politics before the Linc and Red Hill highways finally got finished. We can't imagine life without them now! Just check out some other cities where LRT systems works so well. Please get on with it.
Peter Tracz says,
As a citizen of Hamilton,I am fully supportive of the planned LRT project. I find it very disappointing that some councillors still question this transformative initiative.
Specifically, I urge the City's General Issues Committee to reaffirm the project and that all members of Hamilton City Council provide their endorsement.
John Clinton says,
I support LRT in Hamilton.This is a fantastic opportunity for our city and I would like my City Council to speak with one voice in their unconditional support.
George Overend says,
I am astounded that anyone could vote against such an amazing opportunity for our great city.
Ania K says,
Please support the LRT in Hamilton. It will enhance our downtown core, attract investment, bring in new jobs and make the downtown more prosperous for all! We need to put more of a focus on the downtown core instead of treating it like an eyesore. Any great city has a great transit system which in turn results in a thriving downtown core.
Councillors, support the LRT!
matthew nash says,
Dear Mr. Collins, honourable councillors:
This letter is to express my support for LRT for its verified transportation, economic and social benefits.
First, creating an efficient transportation system is a challenge in Hamilton. However, building more roads is not the answer. If there’s anything that traffic engineers have discovered in the last few decades it’s that you can’t build your way out of congestion. It’s the roads themselves that cause traffic. Anti-LRT Tweets cannot change this unassailable fact (sorry Chad). Chris Higgins, the post-doctoral fellow who authored a paper on the LRT and its effective use, recently stated "As you build more roads, it just means more people drive." Be humbled and take the advice of the experts who understand best practices of transportation. We need logical, efficient transportation systems such as the LRT to solve our mounting congestion.
Second, numerous studies have argued conclusively for the many economic benefits. Let me state the first obvious economic benefit: 1. Billion. Dollars. This is money we are being given to grow our fledgling economy. This is a winning lottery ticket that you'd be throwing away, then taking the interest away from future generations. Also, road building is one of the biggest expenses for a city. The LRT reduces road building by taking people out of cars and using the transport network more efficiently. Further, property values will increase along the route further driving property tax revenue up with it. Hamilton needs the LRT to bring economic prosperity.
Lastly, the social benefits of LRT are immense. We have a diverse demographic living in the downtown that needs a clean, quick and safe mode of transit. The LRT emits almost no pollution, ensuring our most vulnerable are not burdened even more by poor local air quality - see the local code red report or the global UN pollution report if you've forgotten the serious health effects of city pollution. Moreover, climate change is causing disastrous flooding, especially in my Rosedale community, and we must take big steps to curb greenhouse gases, of which, LRT is a key initiative.
All Hamiltonians will benefit from a congestion-relieving, cost-benefitting, revenue-generating, and pollution-reducing project. Look at the facts, the numerous reports, and listen to experts who've all come out in favour. Don't stand in the way of community-building. Don't turn your back on a billion dollars (really?). The future is LRT.
Ron Last naGillenme says,
Do not agree,, !! for Hamilton will just make road traveling difficult, this system is working for BIG cities built up ie. Toronto , Hamilton is built mostly flat ant outwards . If you look at the cities its working in they will be all high level cities not built flat and outwards. Will cause more travelling problems for autos then good !!!
Paul Tela says,
I am an avid supporter of inproving public transportation & the concept of the LRT. However, I do not support the current LRT plan as IMO it will not meet the plan's stated objectives and is therefore not the best public transportation system that 1 billion dollars can buy.
LRT systems are successful when they move large amounts of people to key destination points such as public transportation links I.e airpofts, Go Stations. The Queenstown traffic circle does not seem to be a key destination point.
For 1b $$ the current plan simply replaces buses for trains which studies and experience demonstrate does not increase ridership leels. We already have a strong East-West downtown public transportation system. Why not strengthen public transportation in areas of the City that really would provide benefit.
The current plan will not alleviate hwy traffic pressures on the the 403 and Lincoln Alexander as it does not connect to people residing on the mountain nor provide a convenient and direct link to the new Hamilton Go Station for other Hamiltonians.
Perhaps a better LRT route that could be explored would go from the airport down Upper James to the new Go Station at James North. Imagine how many peoole from the mountain & outlying towns from Binbrook to Ancaster would use the LRT to go downtown or access the GO?
There is ample room on Upper James to build parking lots. The current plan does not include parking. It is very difficult to increase public transportation ridership and cost effectiveness on capital intensive transportation systems such as the LRT without access to parking lots.
The current LRT plan does not align with the already approved 10 year Hamilton transportation plan.
I would like to see more public consultation, additional Hamilton based public transportation options and further discussion to ensure that Hamiltonians get the best possible public transportation system that 1b dollars can buy.
Natalie Arnold says,
I support LRT in Hamilton.
As a car-free pedestrian, anything that improves my options for transportation is a welcome development.
I have lived in cities with LRT service and found it highly convenient, and the environmental benefits should not be overlooked.
YES to LRT!
Thomas White says,
The LRT is a great idea. We have Waterloo with some great tech schools. we have Toronto with lots of money, and we have Hamilton right in the middle. As someone who works in tech, this is a great opportunity for Hamilton. Hamilton has to be looking better and better for tech companies that are sick of paying for real estate in Toronto. The LRT will do a lot of solidify this relationship.
Some small businesses may suffer during the construction of the LRT, but once it's completed I think it will only benefit the area.
As an aside, I am a young, working professional. I don't own a car. I simply prefer public transit. How easy it is for me to get around the city using public transit is a big deal.