Special Report: Light Rail

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

Please take a minute to contact City Council, tell them you support light rail transit in Hamilton, and remind them why they chose to support it as well.

Since Hamilton City Council voted unanimously in 2008 to support LRT as the preferred option for its east-west Rapid Transit plan, city staff and engaged citizens have been active in developing that plan, conducting the necessary studies, and holding public information centres, stakeholder sessions and focus groups.

Literally thousands of Hamiltonians have actively participated in supporting and developing Hamilton's LRT bid. Metrolinx, the provincial body coordinating regional transit, has called Hamilton's public engagement "unprecedented".

But some Councillors seem to have missed all this, and have even forgotten why they supported LRT in the first place. Instead of focusing on the best way to design, fund and realize LRT, they're back to square one debating whether LRT is even a good idea.

That's why they need your help.

Send them a message. Remind them why LRT is a good idea - why they unanimously supported it just three years ago.

Remind them why a broad consensus of Hamiltonians - including the Chamber of Commerce, the Realtors Association of Hamilton and Burlington, the Downtown and International Village BIAs, the Jobs Prosperity Collaborative, the Poverty Roundtable, and multiple neighbourhood associations and community councils - recognize that a comprehensive, well-thought-out LRT plan is essential to our future as a prosperous, economically dynamic, sustainable city.

If you want your message to Council published on RTH, please copy us with your letter and we will be happy to share it to help inspire other Hamiltonians to speak up.

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Published Letters:

  1. Councillors Need to Champion Good City Building
  2. We Need to Move Forward on Light Rail
  3. Give Hamilton Boosters Good Material to Counter Negativity
  4. Renew Your Support for Light Rail
  5. Please Reaffirm Council Support for LRT and Our Future
  6. Time to Make Hamilton More User Friendly
  7. Please Do Not Lose Focus on Revitalization
  8. Take a Leadership Role on LRT
  9. LRT Can Provide Our Springboard
  10. Hamilton Deserves a City That Places People Before Cars
  11. LRT Needs Champions
  12. Realtors Association Urges Council to Commit to Light Rail
  13. Add Fuel to Hamilton's Historic Rejuvenation
  14. Light Rail a Necessary Investment in Public Health
  15. Will You Be Ambitious With Me?
  16. LRT is Visionary, Ambitious, Compelling, Game-Changing
  17. What Makes Hamilton so Different?
  18. Hamilton is in Control of its Destiny
  19. Durand Neighbourhood Association Supports Light Rail
  20. Well-Functioning Transit the Backbone of Any Good City
  21. Students Want to be Part of this Community
  22. Positivity is Attractive
  23. A Business Owner Clamours for LRT
  24. Invest in the Core to Make it More Attractive to Business and Newcomers
  25. Beasley Neighbourhood Association Supports LRT


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By Robert D (anonymous) | Posted July 06, 2011 at 13:16:56

I'm presently at work, but will definitely send something when I'm home.

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By OompaLoompa (anonymous) | Posted July 06, 2011 at 13:39:57

I am afraid Clark is right. LRT is a pipe dream. As for Bratina...on again, off again, on again, he's off again. That's what happens when you are in the middle. You are buffeted by those around you.

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By michel (registered) | Posted July 06, 2011 at 16:37:12

I support trolley busses. m.

Comment edited by michel on 2011-07-06 16:55:53

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By mike_sak (registered) | Posted July 06, 2011 at 17:56:03

I sent a quick email to Mr. Mayor

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By misterque (registered) - website | Posted July 07, 2011 at 00:19:05

Could we find out which councilors are wobbly on this issue? I have not really been able to determine who is opposed at this time.

Secondly we need to keep track of CHML 900, a station which consistently supports the worst possible decision for Hamilton's growth. In the past I have heard nothing but negative FUD from that AM station. CHML is important because it single handedly created the furor that lead to the pathetic Stadium outcome (however it is a good outcome from an LRT Stadium match up ;)). I could see it doing the same thing with LRT.

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By MichaelS (anonymous) | Posted July 07, 2011 at 13:26:59

Just e-mailed the mayor and all councillors. How can they blow that enormous amount of money on the money losing privately owned CFL team and even think twice on this LRT issue?

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By is there anybody out there? (anonymous) | Posted July 07, 2011 at 14:47:14

Question for all the rth folks sending letters - are any councilors replying? maybe you could post your replies (or the sound of crickets) in the comments.

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By mystoneycreek (registered) - website | Posted July 08, 2011 at 07:38:32 in reply to Comment 65746

Here's a 'response' from Councillor Clark, via his community blog:


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By Kevin (registered) | Posted July 08, 2011 at 10:54:21

Mysterique is right about CHML. Boycott the station and their advertisers.

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