Special Report: Light Rail

Lakewood Beach Community Council Letter to Council on Light Rail Transit

The LBCC 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 Lakewood Beach Community Council 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.

It has been difficult to judge how much support is behind LRT as previous lobbying efforts were concentrated however we have spoken to a few businesses along Queenston Road, and residents who live, work or play in Wards 4, 5, 9, 10 and 11 (East Hamilton).

Up to this point in time, LRT was seen as a central city issue and because transit needs have never really been addressed in any meaningful way, people for the most part have given up on the thought that improvements will be made (hence the 4 vehicle dwellers).

Having said that, however, we thought we would share with you that we are finding that momentum is building and people are starting to come out strongly for LRT here in Stoney Creek.

People who are current transit users want the LRT to Eastgate. People who are not current transit users are starting to recognize that with the future growth in people, we need to curb the number of vehicles that come with those people, in order to address health/safety concerns as well as cost concerns.

B-Line LRT is now being viewed as our best viable first step towards an enhanced city-wide public transit system.

In our opinion, it will address our PAST (mistakes), our PRESENT (jobs) and our FUTURE (growth) while being the least 'taxing' option going forward city-wide.

Respectfully,

Lakewood Beach Community Council


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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By kevinlove (registered) | Posted May 17, 2016 at 08:56:03

(hence the 4 vehicle dwellers)

I do not understand this. Can anyone comment?

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By LBCC (anonymous) | Posted May 17, 2016 at 10:16:44 in reply to Comment 118656

In our community, the norm for daily use tends to be: 2 person families have 2 vehicles, 3 person families have 3, 4 have 4, 5 have 5. Plus, a large percentage also have motorcyles, and/or summer cars and/or commercial vehicles and/or recreational vehicles. Averaged out, we came up with 4 per unit. This trend is one of the reasons we are advocating for a city bus to our area. We have @1,500 new units currently being built and as a city, we need to offer alternative modes of transportation before those new to our area follow the same pattern. Having a bus connect to the LRT would be great for us as well.

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