By Ryan McGreal
Published September 19, 2007
Until now, I've despaired at the silence coming from the Mayor's office regarding a new light rail system in Hamilton.
True, Mayor Fred Eisenberger arranged for the Bus Rapid Transit Office to be renamed the Rapid Transit Office (minus the word "Bus"), convinced Council to approve a rapid transit budget, and managed to get Hamilton included in the Greater Toronto Transit Authority plan for developing rapid transit across the GTA (we were missed in the original plan).
However, we've been waiting for the Mayor to come right out and say something in support of light rail instead of merely working in the background.
Yesterday, in his State of the City address, Mayor Eisenberger finally delivered:
City Council has already approved and we are targeting funding for two rapid-transit corridors. Imagine, as we move into the future, the possibililty of getting from one end of the city to the other by light rail quickly, safely, smoothly and without harming the environment.
Let's hope this is yet another indication that the movement to bring light rail to Hamilton is gaining speed.