The DNA has sent a letter to Council in response to the recent controversy over whether to continue supporting the Hamilton LRT project.
By RTH Staff
Published May 17, 2016
The Durand Neighbourhood Association sent the following letter to the City of Hamilton in response to the recent controversy over whether City Council still supports the Hamilton Light Rail Transit (LRT) project.
May 16, 2016
Mayor and Councillors
City of Hamilton
To Whom It May Concern:
RE: Item 5.1 Part (b)
The Durand Neighbourhood Association continues to support implementation of Light Rail Transit on the B line corridor in Hamilton.
Recent council activity, including undermining comments by Councillors, and the deferral of a vote to accept the funds offered by the province for LRT are perceived with a sense of alarm by residents of Hamilton, including the Durand NA.
Our city has invested eight years in planning and engagement to bring this project to this point. We finally have the funding and a plan to move forward. It is time to move ahead without negativity - there will be challenges during the next few yeras, but we can deal with the issues as they arise, and invest in the future of Hamilton for future generations.
Other cities are currently constructing LRT - Kitchener-Waterloo will have an operational system before Hamilton's construction begins. The potential economic uplift, and continued prosperity for Hamilton, depends on higher-order transit. The current system is expensive and does not adequately serve the needs of transit users.
Thank you for your consideration, and please vote for the future of Hamilton.
President, Durand Neighbourhood Association
Please take a few moments to tell Council to take YES for an answer, reaffirm its support for LRT and accept the full capital funding from the Province that Council has consistently voted for since 2008.
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