Special Report: Light Rail

One City With a Shared Interest in High-Quality Modern Transit

Do not bow to the tireless effort of the cynics and naysayers who have turned the LRT discussion into a negative and divisive narrative of us-against-them.

By Ned Nolan
Published April 09, 2017

I sure never thought I'd be writing in April 2017 to add my voice to the chorus of Hamiltonians who support LRT. That's because I thought we had already wisely committed to this investment.

We have already poured time, money and resources into this once-in-a-generation initiative - and for good reason. But now, after all this, some people are asking the City to change course.

I am writing to ask that Council please stay the course. Do not bow to the tireless effort of the cynics and naysayers who have turned the LRT discussion into a negative and divisive narrative of us-against-them; suburban vs. urban; motorist vs. transit user; old vs. young.

We are one City with a shared interest in building world-class, modern transit along the most dense part of Hamilton's elongated and central East-West axis. There is no doubt - and the research is clear - that this is a long-term investment that will pay off in many different ways, including economically and environmentally.

My business, which is directly on the LRT line, will be negatively impacted by construction, just like my home was negatively impacted by the renovation work we did last year.

And you know what, it was worth it!

Please heed the advice of the experts, the researchers, the visionaries, and of course, the anchor institutions and myriad businesses and informed citizens who have all said, unequivocally, Yes LRT.

Do not allow this to be de-railed, especially now.

Ned Nolan lives with his family near the Pearl Street bridge and is a lawyer with the downtown firm Nolan Ciarlo, LLP.

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