Momentum for rapid transit continues to build as individuals and organizations across the city throw their support behind light rail.
The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce just announced it is recommending that Hamilton use light rail transit (LRT) for its rapid transit plan. In a letter to be presented to the public works committee at its June 16 meeting, the Chamber states:
it has been demonstrated very clearly that LRT carries fixed operating costs (i.e. - fuel), the potential for increased development along the lines, and lower operating costs as train size can be increased with use without adding additional manpower [sic].
The Chamber also recommends integrating growth, employment and goods movement developments in the city's rapid transit proposal.
McMaster University President Peter George stopped short of endorsing light rail, but expressed support for the city's rapid transit initative with a specific mention of light rail. He recommends making a decision 'based on full analysis of the relative strengths and weaknesses of [light rail transit and bus rapid transit]."
He also indicated that McMaster is "aware of both the ongoing discussions and the various draft plans that are being considered" and "is taking steps to ensure it is informed on this issue."
These come on the heels of a strong endorsement by the Realtors Association of Hamilton-Burlington. Hamilton Light Rail is compiling a list of light rail endorsements, with links to relevant documents.
For more information or to learn how you can get involved, come out to a monthly Hamilton Light Rail meeting. They are held the third Tuesday of every month at the FRWY Cafe, 333 King Street East (at Wellington St. N.) Hamilton, ON L8N 1C1, at 7:30 PM.
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