Comment 118914

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted May 30, 2016 at 11:05:53 in reply to Comment 118913

Thanks very much!

I guess an obvious question for somewhere like Hamilton (unlike Ottawa) is whether our effective population is 520,000 (the City itself), 722,000 (the census CMA which is supposed to group together communities that function as a unit), or 6.6 million (GTAH).

I think that in terms of transport needs, Hamilton is arguably very close to or over the 750,000 break point, and will soon be beyond the 1.25 million break point where "business as usual" greenfield development and auto-centric planning starts being very expensive.

This was already a major point of the 2007 transportation master plan and is clearly a big part of the reason Metrolinx wants to build an LRT in Hamilton (and the Province is trying to limit growth outside the current urban boundary). Remember that the LRT is infrastructure for the next 40 years, not just addressing the very real limitations of transit in the current King/Main corridor (where service is already insufficient).

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