Special Report: Light Rail

A Selection of Citizen Statements Supporting Light Rail Transit

Council's vote is not just for or against the LRT project. It is for or against thousands of citizens who have time and again expressed their unreserved support for this critical project.

By RTH Staff
Published April 25, 2017

Dear Councillors,

As you prepare to vote again on the LRT project in Hamilton, please consider the ideas, concerns, and expectations of residents as outlined in the attached collection of Hamilton Light Rail Citizen Statements.

Hamilton Light Rail Initiative Citizen Statements
Hamilton Light Rail Initiative Citizen Statements

The document is a compilation of statements received by the Hamilton Light Rail Initiative regarding the LRT project. The Hamilton Light Rail Initiative is a citizen's group, formed in 2007 to support the building of LRT in Hamilton.

Since then, we have participated with the City of Hamilton in meeting with thousands of Hamiltonians from all parts of the amalgamated City during the rigorous public consultation process conducted by the City of Hamilton and the Provincial Government.

The Hamilton Light Rail Initiative has over 3,480 supporters, many of whom have submitted statements on why they are in favour of the LRT project for Hamilton. The attached comments are only a selection of the statements received, but they represent supporters from across the amalgamated City of Hamilton, young and old, long-time residents and newcomers.

While the statements are diverse, they all share a passionate belief in the City of Hamilton, its future and promise, with LRT as a major opportunity for the community. Many residents can not believe this once-in-a-generation project is being threatened. Others feel deeply betrayed that the literally thousands of hours of citizen time and millions of dollars of municipal money are potentially being wasted.

Your vote at City Council is not just for or against the LRT project. It is for or against thousands of citizens who have time and again expressed their unreserved support for this critical project.

We ask that you review the document and to use it to inform your discussions and your decisions at this very critical time for Hamilton.

Sincerely,

The Hamilton Light Rail Initiative
http://www.hamiltonlightrail.ca
info@hamiltonlightrail.ca

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By john1242 (registered) | Posted April 25, 2017 at 09:45:42

I have followed LRT Project since 2007 when Mayor Larry Di send at letter to Federal Government for funding for BRT (Bus Rapid Transit )Mayor Fred favor LRT (Light Rail Transit),Mayor Bob mixed views LRT,BRT,Go train,City Council supports LRT 2013 from McMaster to Eastgate Square with 100% funding from Province of Ontario (Wynne's) Jan.25 2015 Mayor Fred's meeting with Wynne close door Mayor Fred's stated with City Manager Chris Murray Wynne said 100% funding for LRT McMaster to Eastgate Square She States it was for Rapid Transit??March 16 2015 City Manager's letter to Metrolinx with Council approval 100% funding for LRT McMaster to Eastgate Square May 26 2015 Wynne's $1B funding for LRT From McMaster to Queenston Circle with a spur line to Waterfront within the $1B budget What a surprise ??? Feb 2 2017 Spur line cancelled ??? Full circle April 24 2017 Ted McMeekin says $1B for LRT (Light Rail Transit)Project Plan He concedes Idea to return to original plan to Eastgate Square if City Council Request !! Hamilton Light Rail would support and lobby City Council to vote LRT McMaster to Eastgate Square??

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By blatchdk (registered) | Posted April 26, 2017 at 09:48:08 in reply to Comment 121348

John, why must you continue to post illegible content?

Please learn to use complete sentences and new lines.

If you had a point, I never can find it.

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By Dylan (registered) | Posted April 26, 2017 at 12:26:55 in reply to Comment 121371

Not everyone has the same language abilities. I don't think you should discourage others from expressing their opinions because you have difficulty reading them. There are a myriad of reasons someone might not be able to put thoughts to paper in the English language to your standards.

Comment edited by Dylan on 2017-04-26 12:30:08

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By notlloyd (registered) - website | Posted April 25, 2017 at 13:16:12

Here's a good "citizen" statement http://www.thespec.com/opinion-story/725...

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By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted April 25, 2017 at 14:07:14 in reply to Comment 121356

If only we had professional transportation engineers working on the LRT project who could identify these issues and come up with mitigating strategies...

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