Articles in Special Report: Light Rail

No One Said LRT is a Magic Bullet
LRT must be contained in a comprehensive strategy that includes land use planning, two-way conversions and street calming - all objectives we have been advocating for years.
by Ryan McGreal
Published September 22, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (13 comments)

Some Context on the 'LRT is No Magic Bullet' Article
We need to first decide what our needs are, our future goals for the city, and the lengths we will go to capitalize on the particular tool we have chosen.
by Chris Higgins
Published September 22, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (12 comments)

Debating LRT on CHCH-TV's Square Off
Nicholas Kevlahan and John Best debated the pros and cons of light rail transit on Tuesday.
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published September 11, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (16 comments)

Look at the Numbers: Internal Transit More Important to Hamilton
We shall always have naysayers, those who cannot see the future, and we must abide them and respect their opinions. However, proud cities are never built by doing nothing.
by Peter Hill
Published August 20, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (38 comments)

Bratina Continues to Sow Misinformation on LRT in Radio Interview
The Mayor who has spent his term incomprehensibly trying to confuse and undermine that same LRT plan stayed in form on Wednesday.
by Ryan McGreal
Published August 01, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (16 comments)

No LRT Funding Announcement After Meeting With Minister Del Duca
The Transport Minister acknowledged that Council has submitted a comprehensive LRT plan but would not provide an answer on whether full capital funding for rapid transit will apply to the city's plan.
by Ryan McGreal
Published July 25, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (20 comments)

Don't Let the City's Future be Decided Behind Closed Doors
The worst thing that could happen as a result of today's meeting between Mayor Bratina and the Transport Minister is that the Province ends up making the City an offer it can't accept.
by Ryan McGreal
Published July 25, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (5 comments)

More Head-Scratching LRT Responses From Mayor Bratina
Through his consistent pattern of misinformation, the mayor has utterly squandered any moral authority to speak on Hamilton's behalf with respect to LRT.
by Ryan McGreal
Published July 24, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (8 comments)

Bizarre LRT Op-Ed Ignores Community Engagement, Political Commitment
Hamilton Light Rail has engaged in years of extensive community outreach, making presentations to community groups across the city and building support.
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published July 24, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (25 comments)

Mayor Replying to Letters of Support for LRT
We cannot afford to let Bratina continue to hijack the agenda for transformative change in Hamilton.
by Ryan McGreal
Published July 23, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (42 comments)

Show Your Support for LRT
The City's LRT plan is ready for provincial funding. Tell the Province to keep its promise to fund LRT.
by Ryan McGreal
Published July 21, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (80 comments)

LRT Meeting with Transport Minister Must be Open and Public
It is totally inappropriate for Mayor Bratina to hold a secret meeting with Minister Del Duca on a Provincial commitment to LRT, especially after Bratina's own history of misrepresenting Council's LRT position.
by Ryan McGreal
Published July 16, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (15 comments)

Clark Wrongly Claims LRT Plan Lacks Detailed Design Work
This is one of the most studied and pre-designed, pre-consulted projects in the city's history!
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published July 10, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (22 comments)

Hamilton's LRT Plan is Already Comprehensive and Detailed
We have been ready for a funding commitment since early 2013. The time for confusing and delaying the issue is over.
by Ryan McGreal
Published July 09, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (5 comments)

Comparing LRT and BRT For the B-Line
If we are going to invest in rapid transit, we should aim to maximize the potential for net benefits.
by Ryan McGreal
Published July 09, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (61 comments)

Induced Demand, Transit Investment and Congestion
Improved transit doesn't necessarily permanently eliminate congestion on the roads, but it does enable a greater number of people to move around more efficiently at a given level of congestion.
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published June 19, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (48 comments)

Next Steps for LRT in Hamilton, Part 2: Council Needs to Stay the Course
If ever there was a time for our Councillors to remember the evidence presented before them, trust their own legacy of support, uphold the courage of their convictions and reiterate their commitment to LRT, that time is now.
by Ryan McGreal
Published June 18, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (45 comments)

Next Steps for LRT in Hamilton, Part 1: Time for Province to Keep its Promise
With a new majority in the Ontario Legislature, the Liberal Government no longer faces any external barrier to fulfilling its commitment to fund LRT in Hamilton.
by Ryan McGreal
Published June 17, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (89 comments)

Ontario Liberals Still Trying to Wiggle Out of LRT Commitment
Contrary to Premier Wynne's claim, Queen's Park has heard repeatedly and consistently from Hamilton that we support B-Line LRT with the promised full capital funding.
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published June 10, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (59 comments)

BRT Presentation an Unfortunate Artifact of Absent Leadership and Lost Focus
The problem is not that Council and staff do not know this stuff. In the absence of leadership, Council and staff have lost the courage of their convictions.
by Ryan McGreal
Published May 09, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (65 comments)

Ontario Liberals Confirm 100 Percent Capital Funding for 'Rapid Transit', Whatever That Means
The Ontario Liberals are promising 100% capital funding for "rapid transit" in Hamilton but won't confirm whether "rapid transit" means light rail transit.
by Ryan McGreal
Published May 07, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (39 comments)

Latest Anti-LRT Tactic a Demand to Re-do Completed LRT/BRT Comparison
BRT can't simultaneously be far cheaper and more flexible than LRT while at the same time fixed and permanent enough to attract economic investment.
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published May 06, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (70 comments)

Still Time for Leadership on LRT
LRT could be a reality for Hamilton if our leaders have the understanding, vision and political courage to champion it, stick-handle it through opposition, and forcefully negotiate a good funding arrangement.
by Ryan McGreal
Published May 02, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (11 comments)

Visionary Leadership Usually Looks Like 'Going Rogue'
Thank goodness for those few politicians who are willing to step outside the status quo and take calculated risks to achieve transformative change.
by Ryan McGreal
Published April 25, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (30 comments)

Yet Another Anti-LRT Argument Based on Nonsense
Without strong local leadership on LRT, a steady stream of nonsense is slowly but steadily displacing the sound, evidence-based reasons why we cannot afford not to invest in LRT.
by Ryan McGreal
Published April 15, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (32 comments)

LRT in a Tailspin After a Hopeful Start
Lack of interest from City Hall, short-sighted provincial politicking conspire to sideline Hamilton's LRT plan.
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published March 18, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (50 comments)

Ontario NDP Waging War on Public Investment
Rather than supporting The Big Move in the service of something we might call the public interest, Andrea Horwath's NDP has re-politicized the issue and, quite possibly, doomed it in the process.
by Simon Kiss
Published March 13, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (11 comments)

Bratina Digs in Deeper in Radio Interview
Hamiltonians deserve better than Mayor Bob Bratina's childish games.
by Ryan McGreal
Published March 07, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (16 comments)

Bratina Concern-Trolling the LRT Debate
If Mayor Bratina really supports LRT, he has had over three years to develop a properly thought-out alternative to the B-line and try to convince his colleagues that some other better option is possible.
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published March 06, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (10 comments)

Mayor's Latest LRT Comments are More of the Same Nonsense
Bratina's latest dispatch is just another in a long succession of childish "gotcha"-style games calculated to sow confusion and doubt about Hamilton's LRT planning process.
by Ryan McGreal
Published March 05, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (51 comments)

Light Rail Transit, Leadership and Democracy
Our Mayor and Council should make the case, forcefully and convincingly, for what they have been officially supporting for almost six years: a B-line LRT with full funding of direct costs from the Province.
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published March 03, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (4 comments)

Light Rail Generates Highest Return on Investment: Transport Minister
Speaking at a luncheon at Sarcoa Restaurant organized by the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, Murray presented an evidence-based case for investment in great civic infrastructure, explaining that beautiful, well-made infrastructure in the right locations del
by Ryan McGreal
Published March 03, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (37 comments)

McHattie to Premier: Hamilton Ready for LRT Funding
Councillor Brian McHattie reiterates Council's position on the east-west B-Line LRT and reminds the Province of its commitment to provide full capital funding.
by Ryan McGreal
Published February 27, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (38 comments)

Ontario Liberals Clarify Position on LRT Funding
Ministers Ted McMeekin and Glen Murray confirm that the op-ed by Liberal candidates Javid Mirza and Ivan Luksic do not reflect Party policy on LRT funding.
by Ryan McGreal
Published February 26, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (33 comments)

Is the Fix in for Hamilton's LRT Plan?
It is starting to look like the Ontario Liberals want to back out of their promise to build LRT lines in Hamilton.
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published February 24, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (52 comments)

Misinformation and Fearmongering in Anti-LRT Op-Ed by Liberal Candidates
Today's op-ed evaluates LRT solely on its role in providing transit and ignores its role in attracting economic development, and goes downhill from there.
by Ryan McGreal
Published February 24, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (40 comments)

Hamilton Won't be Exempt from Provincial Transit Funding Strategy
Some councillors are trying to redefine the Province collecting revenue to finance Metrolinx projects to mean making Hamilton pay.
by Ryan McGreal
Published February 21, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (14 comments)

If We Reject LRT, We Will Still Pay
Given that we will have to pay our share of the whatever revenue tools the Province imposes either way, it only makes sense that we demand the best value for that money.
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published February 19, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (30 comments)

Misinformation About LRT Thrives in the Absence of Leadership
These days it's as if no one at City Hall even cares whether the City's already-approved LRT project goes ahead.
by Ryan McGreal
Published February 10, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (16 comments)

The Case for Light Rail Transit in Hamilton
Why on earth would we turn our backs on such an exciting, timely and well-supported opportunity to transform this city for the better, for decades to come?
by RTH Staff
Published February 10, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (12 comments)

Why Doesn't Premier Wynne Know Hamilton Wants LRT?
If we fail to articulate our commitment to LRT today, Hamilton could easily end up left out of the next wave of Metrolinx projects, even as we help pay for LRT in other parts of the GTA.
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published February 07, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (43 comments)

Bratina Still Repeating False Information About LRT
Transit ridership on the east-west route of the LRT line is already high enough to justify the line and will only grow when the LRT line opens.
by Ryan McGreal
Published January 08, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (11 comments)

Bratina Takes Yet Another Potshot at City's LRT Plan
The Mayor never misses an opportunity to undermine and discredit the City's official light rail transit plan, which Council approved unanimously and the Province has promised to fund.
by Ryan McGreal
Published October 24, 2013 in Special Report: Light Rail (59 comments)

Congestion $1.5-5 Billion Higher Than Estimated: Study
According to a new C.D. Howe study, the government's GTHA congestion cost estimate does not include the opportunity cost of missed chances to match skills with jobs, share knowledge and conduct mutually beneficial exchanges.
by Ryan McGreal
Published July 12, 2013 in Special Report: Light Rail (14 comments)

Hamilton Cannot Afford Not to Invest in LRT
If we want to make the best policy decisions for Hamilton, we need to choose actual research over hand-wavy unsupported claims, and we need to stop manufacturing false alternatives.
by Ryan McGreal
Published June 27, 2013 in Special Report: Light Rail (50 comments)

Anti-Bus Lane Petition: Some Legitimate Concerns but Wrong Response
The problems with King Street are not due to its bus service, and blocking a transit-only lane is not going to help.
by Ryan McGreal
Published June 25, 2013 in Special Report: Light Rail (4 comments)

Metrolinx Unveils Investment Strategy
The plan finalizes a list of revenue tools to raise approximately $35 billion to pay for a series of planned regional transit investments, including an east-west Light Rail Transit (LRT) line in Hamilton.
by Ryan McGreal
Published May 27, 2013 in Special Report: Light Rail (88 comments)

Mississauga Mayor Decries Hamilton's Inclusion in The Big Move
McCallion's frustration is understandable, given Hamilton's lack of commitment to the Regional Transportation Plan. Competition and contempt are not how Metrolinx started out.
by Ryan McGreal
Published May 24, 2013 in Special Report: Light Rail (16 comments)

We Need to Remember the Case for LRT
The basic question currently kicking around - Is LRT worth it? - has been answered conclusively but we are not hearing these arguments from our leaders or the staff who report to them.
by Ryan McGreal
Published May 21, 2013 in Special Report: Light Rail (23 comments)

Public Works Committee Rejects Bus Lane Pilot Project
Hamilton Councillors claim to value transit, multi-modal transportation and livable urban neighbourhoods, but they refuse to put those values into practice in any meaningful way.
by Ryan McGreal
Published May 16, 2013 in Special Report: Light Rail (32 comments)

No One at City Hall is Responding to LRT Criticism
No one from the City is out there talking to the media to respond to questions that were already raised and answered years ago in the various studies and at the Public Information Centres.
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published May 07, 2013 in Special Report: Light Rail (32 comments)

Hamilton Deserves Better than the Petulant Machinations of a Childish Mayor
Bratina is cherry-picking Rapid Ready in his latest tactic not to support LRT - the very investment that will create the circumstances for Hamilton to achieve its ridership and development goals.
by Ryan McGreal
Published April 25, 2013 in Special Report: Light Rail (69 comments)

Letter: Once Again, Council Must Affirm Its Support for LRT
After Mayor Bratina's comments, Council needs to make it perfectly clear to the Province, Metrolinx and the people of Hamilton that Council's unanimous approval of the Rapid Ready report confirms Council's support for LRT.
by Ryan McGreal
Published April 21, 2013 in Special Report: Light Rail (11 comments)

Bratina Refuses to Understand Council Support for LRT
Mayor Bratina still refuses to accept that his job is to support Council's decision to aggressively pursue a B-line LRT from Eastgate to McMaster - a decision for which he also voted! - and not to keep finding reasons to argue against it.
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published April 21, 2013 in Special Report: Light Rail (15 comments)

It May Be Time For Another Censure
Once again, the mayor is refusing to follow Council's unanimous direction and bringing embarrassment to the city through his antics. Maybe it's time for Council to set the record straight with another censure.
by Ryan McGreal
Published April 19, 2013 in Special Report: Light Rail (44 comments)

Mayor Manufactures More LRT Controversy
Mayor Bratina claims Hamilton has to choose between LRT and all-day GO service extended to Stoney Creek. The Premier says they're "not competing projects". We've heard this story before.
by Ryan McGreal
Published April 17, 2013 in Special Report: Light Rail (41 comments)

Bratina Interviews Metrolinx CEO
Hamilton Mayor Bob Bratina interviews Metrolinx President and CEO Bruce McCuaig about the Metrolinx Investment Strategy and how it will impact Hamilton.
by Ryan McGreal
Published April 01, 2013 in Special Report: Light Rail (10 comments)

Buffalo LRT Enables Urban Reinvestment
The next few years may just vindicate those elements of the Buffalo LRT that were on the money after all, while drawing sharper attention to the corresponding policy decisions LRT needs to be successful.
by Ryan McGreal
Published March 25, 2013 in Special Report: Light Rail (13 comments)

More Mixed Messaging on LRT Funding
This week, we heard contradictory messages from Provincial officials on whether Hamilton will have to contribute some capital funding toward the B-Line LRT.
by Ryan McGreal
Published March 06, 2013 in Special Report: Light Rail (20 comments)

Mayor Says He Will Champion LRT Now
Mayor Bob Bratina has just stated that he will now champion LRT with full capital funding in his dealings with the Province.
by Ryan McGreal
Published February 28, 2013 in Special Report: Light Rail (35 comments)

LRT, Active Transportation and Bike Share at Epic Transportation Meeting
Councillors approved Hamilton's LRT plan to be submitted to Metrolinx, but punted a vote on a proposed bike share until late march.
by Ryan McGreal
Published February 26, 2013 in Special Report: Light Rail (12 comments)

Rapid Ready: Staff Recommend a Real Commitment to Integrated Transportation
Councillors will receive a staff report recommending a broad commitment to active, integrated transportation and a submission to Metrolinx for Hamilton's B-Line LRT.
by Ryan McGreal
Published February 25, 2013 in Special Report: Light Rail (26 comments)

LRT, Bike Share on Agenda at February 25 General Issues Committee
Councillors will consider a 'rapid ready' report endorsing Hamilton's light rail transit plan, as well as an implementation plan for a self-sustaining bike share program.
by Ryan McGreal
Published February 20, 2013 in Special Report: Light Rail (20 comments)

Billions at Stake in LRT Project
Why isn't Council up in arms over the flouting of their decisions and directions to staff on their support for light rail transit with full provincial funding?
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published February 18, 2013 in Special Report: Light Rail (44 comments)

Big Move Consultation Continues LRT Holding Pattern
LRT is the preferred option, but no one will commit to it until a new funding model is decided on by the provincial government.
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published February 13, 2013 in Special Report: Light Rail (11 comments)

Alarming Notice for Metrolinx Big Move Meeting
Has Metrolinx simply published a sloppy and confusing notice about tonight's meeting, or has the plan for LRT in Hamilton changed without anyone being told?
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published February 12, 2013 in Special Report: Light Rail (13 comments)

Council Fails to Realize Hamilton's Needs and Potential
As a group, City Council has demonstrated too much passivity, a serious disconnect from the potential of this city, and a lack of long-term vision.
by Eric Gillis
Published February 12, 2013 in Special Report: Light Rail (8 comments)

Mississauga Leads on LRT While Hamilton Dithers
Does Mayor Bratina really believe that languid take-it-or-leave-it passivity is a winning political strategy?
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published January 31, 2013 in Special Report: Light Rail (55 comments)

No New Information in Metrolinx Announcement
Our political leaders need to champion the cause of a fair deal for Hamilton, take the long view on Hamilton's return on investment and shepherd this project to a successful completion.
by Ryan McGreal
Published November 30, 2012 in Special Report: Light Rail (5 comments)

Hamilton Deserves Same LRT Deal as Toronto
Toronto is demanding - and receiving - full funding from Metrolinx for its three new LRT lines. Why is Hamilton content with a much less generous deal that Council won't accept?
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published September 24, 2012 in Special Report: Light Rail (43 comments)

LRT Success Needs Land Use Planning, Street Calming, Political Champion: Study
A new study by McMaster Institute for Transportation and Logistics concludes that LRT needs sound, long-term land use planning and strong political leadership to be successful.
by Ryan McGreal
Published August 31, 2012 in Special Report: Light Rail (37 comments)

Province Needs to Honour Commitments to Transit Investment
The Ontario Government cannot afford not to invest in coordinated higher-order transit if we want the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area to have a bright future.
by Ryan McGreal
Published August 29, 2012 in Special Report: Light Rail (61 comments)

Time to Fight for Fair LRT Deal
Mayor Bratina and Council need to have a "focused discussion" on why Metrolinx and the Province seem ready to offer Hamilton a much worse LRT funding deal than they gave to Toronto.
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published August 28, 2012 in Special Report: Light Rail (26 comments)

No Straight Answers on Hamilton LRT Funding Commitment
Neither Metrolinx nor the Province seems willing to provide any straight answers on how much municipalities are being asked to contribute to rapid transit projects in the GTHA.
by Ryan McGreal
Published August 27, 2012 in Special Report: Light Rail (12 comments)

LRT Funding Forecast Still Hazy
With so little still known about the funding details of Hamilton's LRT project, the danger is that any Council discussion at this point would be driven by confusion and fear of the unknown.
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published August 24, 2012 in Special Report: Light Rail (34 comments)

Salt Lake City Trax: How another city does Light Rail Transit
A look at Salt Lake City's LRT system offers inspiration and ideas about how Hamilton's LRT could work.
by Larry Strung
Published August 24, 2012 in Special Report: Light Rail (23 comments)

Staff Recommend LRT Maintenance Yard on Wentworth Street North
Light rail transit planning staff recommend a maintenance and storage facility at city-owned 330 Wentworth Street North, with a spur line running on Sanford, Barton and Birch.
by Ryan McGreal
Published August 10, 2012 in Special Report: Light Rail (6 comments)

Update on B-Line LRT Planning
Rapid Transit staff on track to complete their 2012 work plan on the B-Line LRT. Once the work is finished, Metrolinx will make a funding decision.
by Ryan McGreal
Published May 10, 2012 in Special Report: Light Rail (40 comments)

Three Ways LRT Can Help Low-Income Households
With a little planning, LRT will improve our city's finances, reduce personal transportation expenditures, improve public health, and create a more livable city for the vast majority of citizens.
by Craig Hermanson
Published October 14, 2011 in Special Report: Light Rail (19 comments)

The Impact of Light Rail Transit on Low-Income Households and Neighbourhoods
Research indicates that new LRT lines can improve access to jobs, increase sense of attachment to a neighbourhood, and even reduce obesity rates. These are all highly relevant to low-income households.
by Sarah V. Wayland
Published October 12, 2011 in Special Report: Light Rail (14 comments)

City Council to Vote on LRT Report Thursday
This report recommends continuing scheduled LRT design work, with no final decision to move forward forthcoming until senior levels of government commit to a funding formula for capital costs.
by Joey Coleman
Published October 11, 2011 in Special Report: Light Rail (41 comments)

Building Support for Long-Term Regional Transit Funding
Demonstrating the benefits of real transit connectivity across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area will make it easier for the Province to sell the public on a long-term funding arrangement.
by Daniel Rodrigues
Published October 11, 2011 in Special Report: Light Rail (11 comments)

Council, Province Must Work Together to Break LRT Funding Standoff
The only way to break the political deadlock is to keep up the public pressure, at both the provincial and city level, to show the politicians that this initiative has a lot of vocal support.
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published September 30, 2011 in Special Report: Light Rail (20 comments)

Council Calls on Province to Confirm LRT Commitment
Council voted last night to ask the Province to confirm whether it will honour its 2007 promise to fully fund LRT in Hamilton. But what happens if the Province says no?
by Ryan McGreal
Published September 29, 2011 in Special Report: Light Rail (7 comments)

Leadership and Bold Vision on LRT
We don't need more study. We don't need to 'step back and respect the process'. And we certainly don't need to be 'protected'. What we need is leadership and bold vision.
by Jason Allen
Published September 27, 2011 in Special Report: Light Rail (22 comments)

Clark to Present LRT Motion to Council
Councillor Clark will bring forward a motion at the October 28 Council meeting to call on the Province to commit to funding LRT in Hamilton.
by Ryan McGreal
Published September 27, 2011 in Special Report: Light Rail (10 comments)

A Crucial Turning Point for Hamilton
Hamilton's future can become the envy of cities across Canada and even the world. Will we take a bold step forward at this crucial moment in our history?
by Jason Leach
Published September 23, 2011 in Special Report: Light Rail (33 comments)

Introducing the Hamilton Light Rail Initiative
A new citizens' campaign asks Council and the Province to commit to finishing the job of building Light Rail Transit in Hamilton.
by RTH Staff
Published September 23, 2011 in Special Report: Light Rail (9 comments)

City Wants Your Comments on B-Line Design Charrettes
The City's Nodes and Corridors planning team have published the results of this summer's design charrettes along the B-Line LRT corridor and want your feedback.
by Ryan McGreal
Published September 21, 2011 in Special Report: Light Rail (26 comments)

A Short History of LRT Planning in Hamilton
We can't properly evaluate the state of LRT planning in Hamilton today without the context of the four-year history that brought us here.
by Ryan McGreal
Published September 14, 2011 in Special Report: Light Rail (40 comments)

Clark: Hamilton is Being Played on LRT
In a candid interview, Councillor Brad Clark argues that Hamilton is running out of time to get a decisive commitment from the Province to keep their promise to build two light rail lines in Hamilton.
by Ryan McGreal
Published September 12, 2011 in Special Report: Light Rail (52 comments)

Jill Stephen Leaving City of Hamilton
The manager in charge of the rapid transit office has resigned from the City of Hamilton after a summer of politicking against LRT by Mayor Bratina and senior management.
by Ryan McGreal
Published September 08, 2011 in Special Report: Light Rail (82 comments)

Myths and Facts about Light Rail Transit
A number of common myths about LRT and Hamilton continue to surface in the public debate over the City's proposed east-west LRT line.
by Ryan McGreal
Published August 04, 2011 in Special Report: Light Rail (117 comments)

The Mystery of the Missing Minute
A CHML podcast of Mayor Bratina on the Bill Kelly Show had one minute removed before it was posted. Why?
by Graham Crawford
Published August 01, 2011 in Special Report: Light Rail (43 comments)

What Does Hamilton Want to Be When it Grows Up?
Light Rail Transit would surely fuel the fires of rapid change in this city, but it would be a welcome change.
by Larry Pattison
Published July 22, 2011 in Special Report: Light Rail (106 comments)

McMeekin: City Must Set Rapid Transit Priorities
Liberal MPP Ted McMeekin has said that Hamilton must set its rapid transit priorities and make a good business case for LRT along the B-Line, while Metrolinx reconfirms that Hamilton needs to get its LRT plan ready before any funding decisions are made.
by Ryan McGreal
Published July 21, 2011 in Special Report: Light Rail (18 comments)

LRT and Hamilton's Industrial Future
In the LRT debate, not only the appeal of various technical solutions are at issue but it is also a visioning exercise that involves the psyche of the whole city. What does Hamilton want to become?
by Michael Cumming
Published July 20, 2011 in Special Report: Light Rail (19 comments)

Is Council Going to Stand For This?
Will senior management be allowed to unilaterally shift the city's transportation priorities, or will Council step up and assert its leadership over the city's goals?
by Ryan McGreal
Published July 18, 2011 in Special Report: Light Rail (59 comments)

Murray to Council: Suspend Work on LRT, Focus on All-Day GO
The City's Senior Management Team has suspended all work on LRT that is not required to meet provincial funding requirements and appointed a manager to "aggressively pursue" all-day GO service.
by RTH Staff
Published July 18, 2011 in Special Report: Light Rail (89 comments)

Bratina, Murray Cool on Light Rail
On the Bill Kelly Show, Mayor Bob Bratina and City Manager Chris Murry expressed deep skepticism about Hamilton's light rail transit plan.
by Ryan McGreal
Published July 11, 2011 in Special Report: Light Rail (146 comments)

Council Needs to Advance, Not Punt on LRT
The Provincial decision on which rapid transit projects will get funded is a political decision, and the level of support and enthusiasm - from Hamilton's citizens and politicians alike - will be a significant factor in what the Province decides.
by Ryan McGreal
Published July 08, 2011 in Special Report: Light Rail (16 comments)

Tell Council You Support Light Rail
Send Council a message. Remind them why LRT is a good idea - why they unanimously supported it just three years ago.
by RTH Staff
Published July 06, 2011 in Special Report: Light Rail (9 comments)

Rudderless Council Drifts Aimlessly on LRT
After years of community organizing, extensive study and planning, unprecedented public engagement and a unanimous Council vote of support, Hamilton's LRT bid now seems to be crumbling due to a lack of leadership.
by Ryan McGreal
Published July 05, 2011 in Special Report: Light Rail (35 comments)

Light Rail Needs Leadership From Mayor
If our own Mayor still doesn't clearly support LRT, we are going to lose out to our neighbouring competitor cities, who are better able to enunciate their priorities clearly and forcefully.
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published July 05, 2011 in Special Report: Light Rail (34 comments)

Why Transit Matters
Lecture notes and selected slides from Paul Bedford's address to the June 21 Jobs Prosperity Collaborative Luncheon in Hamilton.
by Paul Bedford
Published June 22, 2011 in Special Report: Light Rail (13 comments)

LRT Needs Two-Way Streets for Success
Pedestrian-friendly streets are a necessary part of transit-oriented development. If Hamilton does not successfully support transit-oriented development, our LRT project will fail.
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published December 16, 2010 in Special Report: Light Rail (39 comments)

LRT Plan Needs Two-Way Main and Cannon Streets
Leaving Main and Cannon as one-way streets undermines LRT by resulting in lower levels of investment within the transit corridor, as well as lower rates of ridership growth.
by Ryan McGreal
Published December 03, 2010 in Special Report: Light Rail (69 comments)

Rapid Transit Office Explains One-Way Vehicle Traffic in LRT Plan
Jillian Stephen, director of the City's Rapid Transit office, explains why the two-way conversion of King Street and Main Street through the downtown core were dropped from the City's LRT plans.
by RTH Staff
Published December 03, 2010 in Special Report: Light Rail (14 comments)

City Abandons Two-Way Conversion in LRT Plan
Staff need to muster up the vision and ambition to build LRT to its full potential, and not cripple it with compromises to entrenched (and empirically failed) ways of thinking about traffic and transformation.
by Ryan McGreal
Published December 02, 2010 in Special Report: Light Rail (57 comments)

Could AEGD cost Hamilton LRT?
Hamilton has a great case for light rail in population growth and economic development potential. In land use, though, the Aerotropolis decision is our latest embarrassment.
by Meredith Broughton
Published November 15, 2010 in Special Report: Light Rail (108 comments)

Ontario Budget and LRT: Are We Screwed?
The Province has effectively abandoned its commitment to transfomative transit investment.
by Ryan McGreal
Published March 26, 2010 in Special Report: Light Rail (58 comments)

Survivorship Bias and Business Opposition to LRT
Current business owners don't understand LRT beyond its narrow role as transit. Worse, as survivors of the status quo they misrepresent the lost potential for transformation.
by Ryan McGreal
Published February 17, 2010 in Special Report: Light Rail (40 comments)

Hamilton King-Main Rapid Transit Benefits Case
HTML version of the Metrolinx BCA for rapid transit in Hamilton.
by RTH Staff
Published February 14, 2010 in Special Report: Light Rail (20 comments)

Are We On a Slow Train to Nowhere?
After years of futzing around on a matter that has already been studied to death, the Ontario Government may end up simply running down the clock on Hamilton's best chance at a decent transportation spine.
by Ryan McGreal
Published February 01, 2010 in Special Report: Light Rail (41 comments)

On the Beams of Light Rail
Main Street was made for light rail transit. What other city can just slip in an LRT through the city from end to end along a straight, wide corridor already waiting?
by Elizabeth Parker
Published October 09, 2009 in Special Report: Light Rail (60 comments)

City Rapid Transit Update: Good Progress but Metrolinx Analysis Still Pending
The city seems to be doing all its homework and negotiating with the right departments and governmental organizations to ensure that it is prepared to go ahead once Metrolinx releases its benefits case analysis.
by Ryan McGreal
Published June 10, 2009 in Special Report: Light Rail (17 comments)

Ontario Government Proposes Changes to Metrolinx
A bill just tabled by the Ontario Government will merge Metrolinx with GO Transit and replace the current Board of municipal politicians with appointed transportation planners.
by Ryan McGreal
Published March 31, 2009 in Special Report: Light Rail (6 comments)

Moving Forward on Hamilton's LRT Initiative
The City cannot reasonably expect the province to pay 100 percent of the capital costs for light rail. Why is LRT important, and yet not important enough to warrant any City contribution?
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published November 04, 2008 in Special Report: Light Rail (16 comments)

The Time is Right Now for Light Rail in Hamilton
The only way to guarantee first-round funding is to send Metrolinx a clear message that the city's political leadership is united behind the light rail initiative.
by Ryan McGreal
Published October 02, 2008 in Special Report: Light Rail (6 comments)

A Little Farther Down the Line
After a busy summer, light rail is getting closer to reality for Hamilton.
by Ryan McGreal
Published September 11, 2008 in Special Report: Light Rail (31 comments)

Let's Do Transit Right
Light rail is a way for Hamilton to turn a one-time $300 million gift into a long-term perpetual income instead of a long term property tax sinkhole.
by Sean Burak
Published December 20, 2007 in Special Report: Light Rail (0 comments)

Overcoming Domesticated Ambition
The Public Works Department claims to be undergoing a conceptual shift in what city building means, but it still has a way to go.
by Ryan McGreal
Published November 27, 2007 in Special Report: Light Rail (4 comments)

Hamilton Light Rail Website Launch
A new organization is forming to promote modern light rail in Hamilton.
by Ryan McGreal
Published November 08, 2007 in Special Report: Light Rail (8 comments)

Building Grassroots Support for Light Rail
If Hamilton is going to get light rail, citizens need to take the lead in advocating for it.
by Ryan McGreal
Published September 09, 2007 in Special Report: Light Rail (7 comments)

Wanted: Light Rail Champion for Hamilton
The Mayor really needs to get out in front of this issue and demonstrate some robust leadership.
by Ryan McGreal
Published June 27, 2007 in Special Report: Light Rail (7 comments)

Eight Reasons Everyone Should Support Light Rail
Light rail isn't just good for riders; society as a whole benefits from fast, clean, convenient transit.
by Ryan McGreal
Published June 27, 2007 in Special Report: Light Rail (4 comments)

How to Shift our Transport Paradigm: Learning from Grenoble
Re-balancing our urban transport network is possible, but it takes time and a real political campaign to change people's minds.
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published May 18, 2007 in Special Report: Light Rail (7 comments)

Rebalancing Our Transportation Network: A Case Study
Hamiltonians often talk about how much they enjoy spending time in Europe, but we could have a European quality of urban life here as well.
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published January 10, 2007 in Special Report: Light Rail (2 comments)

Ottawa Transit Derailed: An Interview with Clive Doucet
Clive Doucet, an Ottawa City Councillor who strongly supported Ottawa's planned light rail system, explains why the plan was cancelled and what cities must do to create good sustainable transportation systems.
by Ben Bull
Published January 10, 2007 in Special Report: Light Rail (39 comments)

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